The American Forbes 400 list is out today, and Bill Gates has retained his spot as the richest man in America for the 21st year in a row.
The top 10 was dominated by familiar faces, as well as the Walton family. Christy Walton, Jim Walton, Alice Walton, and S. Robson Walton all made it into the top 10 with their Wal-Mart billions.
In total, 27 newcomers made it onto the prestigious list this year. The combined net worth of the richest 400 Americans was $2.29 trillion, up $270 billion from last year.
The minimum net worth to break the Forbes 400 was $1.55 billion — $250 million more than in 2013. Here's a look at who made the list this year...
#1 Bill Gates, 58
Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
America's richest man, Bill Gates, is using his billions to effect major social change around the globe. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given away $30 billion since 2000, a fortune that on its own would be the 16th largest in America. Smallpox has disappeared, polio is nearly gone too, and the American education system has gotten an overhaul. Gates is not the only one responsible for the changes...more from Forbes.com
#2 Warren Buffet, 84
CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
Warren Buffett's net worth continues to surge, despite his giving away billions, thanks to the juggernaut performance of Berkshire Hathaway... Forbes.com
#3 Larry Ellison, 70
CEO, & Founder Oracle
Larry Ellison shocked the business world this September when he announced plans to step down as Oracle's CEO. After having built CIA databases...Forbes.com
Despite the talks of an ustable economy, it seems these guys are doing pretty well. Why do we say that? Well, the aggregate net worth of the richest 400 Americans was $2.29 trillion, up $270 billion from a year ago.
This year it took a minimum net worth of $1.55 billion to make The Forbes 400, $250 million more than in 2013.
- Bill Gates – $81 billion (Microsoft) + $9 billion
- Warren Buffett – $67 billion (Berkshire Hathaway) + $8.5 billion
- Larry Ellison – $50 billion (Oracle) + $9 billion
- Charles Koch – $42 billion (Diversified) + $6 billion
- David Koch – $42 billion (Diversified) + $6 billion
- Christy Walton & family – $38 billion (Wal-Mart) + $2.6 billion
- Jim Walton – $36 billion (Wal-Mart) + $2.2 billion
- Michael Bloomberg – $35 billion (Bloomberg LP) + $4 billion
- Alice Walton – $34.9 billion (Wal-Mart) + $1.4 billion
- S. Robson Walton – $34.8 billion (Wal-Mart) + $1.5 billion
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