Bill Gates, Warren Buffett Still Top 2 Wealthiest Americans

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett Still Top 2 Wealthiest Americans
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Bill Gates still holds the second spot on Forbes’ annual list of the world’s wealthiest people. The Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) founder’s net worth is listed as $73 billion, and he continues to follow Mexico telecom billionaire Carlos Slim Helu, whose net worth is listed as $67 billion. That makes him the wealthiest American.

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett Still Top 2 Wealthiest Americans

Forbes also listed Bill Gates as the most generous person in the world. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent over $28 billion on wiping out several dangerous diseases. In addition, the billionaire has been actively signing up the world’s other wealthy billionaires for the Giving Pledge. Richard Branson is one of the most recent to join.

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Billionaire investor Warren Buffett holds the fourth spot on the list with a net worth of $53.5 billion, while Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison comes in fifth on the list with a net worth of $43 billion. We also see Christy Walton, Jim Walton, Alice Walton and S. Robson Walton, all of the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) Waltons, within the top 20 on the list.

Below the Walton family, we start to get deeper into the list of the founders and CEOs of major tech companies., Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is 19th on the list with a net worth of $15.2 billion, while Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) co-founder and CEO Larry Page came in 20th on the list. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s other co-founder, Sergey Brin, is just after Page.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is much further down the list, coming in at 66th place. He’s also the youngest billionaire on the list, and his net worth actually dropped by about $4 billion since last year.

Some names that are noticeably missing from the list include anyone who has anything to do with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). The company is arguably the wealthiest tech company in the world, but none of those connected with it are in the world’s top 75 wealthiest people. Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs’ widow, is the highest-ranking person linked with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), and she’s in 98th place.

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