of the world's fastest-growing economies continued its onward march, boosting the fortunes of its 100 richest. Amid further disenchantment with national infrastructure undertakings, such as the botched preparation for the Commonwealth Games, Indian tycoons continue to flourish, sometimes off those same public projects. India's rising stock market and a booming economy that's expanding by 8.5% this year swelled the top 100's net worth, as evidenced by the fact that 69 of them are billionaires.In Pictures: India's RichestPreserve Peace or Preserve Democracy? India Walks A Very Fine LineChina and India: Still Hungry for CoalA Blackberry addict in Bollywood discovers grassroots enterprise in IndiaThe New China Strategy Is India
The four richest Indians are worth a combined $86 billion, well short of the $180 billion record they set three years ago. Mukesh Ambani retains his No. 1 rank for the third straight year, followed by steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, though both are less well off than they were a year ago. Infotech tycoon Azim Premji moves up to third place, displacing younger Ambani sibling Anil Ambani, who despite making peace with his brother, dropped to No. 6.Image: Mukesh Ambani
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