Bill Gates Richest American, Three Tech Chiefs in Top 10: Forbes
Microsoft founder Bill Gates retained his title as the wealthiest American, while three founders of online companies joined the top 10, according to the Forbes 400 list released on Wednesday, reports AFP.
Gates held on to the number-one spot for the 22nd straight year, clocking in a networth of $76 billion, down $5 billion from 2014.
Warren Buffett, the head of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, ranked second with $62 billion, while former Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison is in the third place with $47.5 billion.
Entering the top 10 richest rank this year were three founders of e-businesses. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bolted from 15th to fourth place at $47 billion, thanks to the surging value of Amazon stock.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who jumped from 11th to seventh place, had a networth of $40.3 billion.
And Larry Page, CEO of Google, moved from number 13 in 2014 to land the 10th spot, with $33.3 billion.
Forbes also spotlighted Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, who has claimed wealth of at least $10 billion. Forbes came up with a lower figure, rating the billionaire in 121st place.
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