balsillie lazaridisLast week we at CrackBerry reported the accounting woes of RIM and how Jim Balsillie stepped down as Chairman (he remains co-CEO). But we are thinking he probably isn’t losing a lot of sleep. On Friday, Forbes Magazine published their annual list of the world’s richest people and guess who showed up?

The founders of Research In Motion, and the creators of the BlackBerry, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie made the Forbes billionaire list for the first time. Lazaridis, was tied for No. 583 on the worldwide rankings, with an estimated net worth of $1.7-billion.

Balsillie, however, was way behind and was logged in at the pitiful ranking of 618 and an estimated wealth of a paltry $1.6-billion.

Forbes has Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, with a $56-billion bank account, as the world richest man with investment guru Warren Buffett second. These two are good friends and have pledged to give away large parts of their fortunes through their foundations to various cause. My address is…

It is good to see the guys doing so well and with the BlackBerry poised to take advantage of the growing PDA market we can only see them shooting up the list.