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A few from region make billionaires list

Mar. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

NEW YORK -- A record 1,426 people around the world made Forbes magazine's latest annual tally of billionaires, and a handful of them are from Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Mexico's Carlos Slim remains the world's richest man for the fourth year in a row, according to Forbes, while Warren Buffett dropped out of the top three for the first time since 2000. And Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg saw his ranking drop 31 spots as his net worth declined by $4.2 billion.

The wealthy from Ohio came a little further down the list beginning with Limited Brands CEO Leslie Wexner of New Albany at 276 with $4.5 billion, then former Iams pet food chief Clayton Mathile of Brookville at 792 with $1.9 billion and San Francisco 49ers owner Denise DeBartolo York of Youngstown at 1268 with $1.1 billion.

Making the list from West Virginia was Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice at 882 with $1.7 billion, and from Kentucky, the founder of Public Storage B. Wayne Hughes of Lexington at 785 with $1.95 billion.

Network of Women plan seminar in March

TEAYS VALLEY, W.Va. -- The Putnam Chamber Network of Women will host a seminar on personal legal topics later this month at Broadmore Senior Living in Teays Valley.

Titled "Will You Be Prepared," the seminar will include information about will preparation, power of attorney, advance directive, long term care and more, according to a news release. The event, sponsored by West Virginia American Water, will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

For more information or to RSVP, call (304) 757-6510 or e-mail Chamber@putnamcounty.org.

Ohio gasoline prices up slightly to start week

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gas prices are up slightly in Ohio as the new work week begins.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was about $3.73 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express.

That's about 3 cents higher than a week ago.

The lowest price in the state is about $3.66 in the Dayton-Springfield area.

The national average is $3.75, which is a few cents lower than a week ago.

But the national average is 25 cents more than at the same time last month.

The Ohio average is about 19 cents higher than a month ago, but a few cents lower than at the same time in 2012.