The annual Forbes 400 list which gives the richest Americans has just been released and the biggest gainer among them is Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, whose net worth more than tripled to $6.9 billion, which now puts him in 35th place and seven notches higher than Steve Jobs who only has $6.1 billion.
Bill Gates is still the richest person in the United States, with $9 billion more than Warren E. Buffett. Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, topped the Forbes list with $54 billion, an increase of $4 billion from last year.
Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, held the No. 2 spot on the Forbes list with $45 billion, who gained $5 billion over the last year as the financial crisis ebbed.
Other people on the top 10 are Lawrence J. Ellison of Oracle, with $27 billion, and the two Koch brothers, Charles and David, who shared fifth place with $21.5 billion apiece, as they each pulled in gains of $5.5 billion.
Also in the top 10 are four Walton family members — Christy, Jim C., Alice and S. Robson — heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune, who had wealth ranging from $19.7 billion to $24 billion and gains ranging from $500 million to $2.5 billion.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York took 10th place with $18 billion, a gain of $500 million. Since most of his wealth is tied up in his company, which develops and markets the seemingly ubiquitous Bloomberg terminals, Mr. Bloomberg has apparently benefited as the financial industry bounced back.
Among other Wall Street notables, the financier George Soros ranked No. 14 with $14.2 billion. Another hedge fund manager, John A. Paulson, is No. 20 with $12.4 billion. And the financiers Carl C. Ichan and Ronald O. Perelman tied for 24th place, with $11 billion apiece.
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