NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The upper echelon of the top 1% was thrust into focus this week when Forbes presented its 2012 list of the world's wealthiest individuals.This year, the total number of billionaires expanded to 1,226, an all-time high. Despite this growth, however, very little change could be seen at the very top of the list. For a third year, America Movil ( AMX) head Carlos Slim, Microsoft ( MSFT) founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A) chairman Warren Buffett secured the first, second, and third places respectively. Both Slim and Buffett recorded losses. Slim, who last year boasted a fortune totaling $74 billion has seen his wealth dip to $69 billion, while Buffett clocked in at approximately $44 billion, a decline from last year's $50 billion. Gates, on the other hand, saw his wealth increase to $61 billion from $56 billion in 2011.