Forbes Magazine’s 32th annual list of the wealthiest Americans was reported on Monday. The list of 400 well-to-do persons includes 20 newcomers to the elitists’ list. The 400 wealthiest people in the Americas are reportedly worth $2.02 trillion – a new record of wealth – as of Aug 23, 2013 when the data was analyzed.
The total worth of the 400 is an increase of some $300 billion from the total a year ago and double the amount the figure was ten years ago. In fact, the last person on the list of 400 has a net worth of $1.3 billion. Now that there are so many billionaires in America, there are 61 Americans who didn’t make the list of the top 400.
Bill Gates, the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is America’s richest person for a 20th year in a row, and even reclaimed the number one spot on the list of richest persons in the world from Mexico’s Carlos Slim who has a net worth of $72 billion.
The Wealthiest Americans in 2013: Forbes
Name – Business – net worth (change since 2012)
- Bill Gates – Microsoft - $72 billion (increase of $6 billion)
- Warren Buffett – Berkshire Hathaway - $58.5 billion – (increase of $12.5 billion)
- Larry Ellison – Oracle - $41 billion (same)
- Tie: Charles Koch – Diversified - $36 billion (increase of $5 billion)
- Tie: David Koch – Diversified - $36 billion (increase of $5 billion)
- Christy Walton & family – Wal-Mart - $35.4 billion (increase of $7.5 billion)
- Jim Walton – Wal-Mart - $33.8 billion – (increase of $6.7 billion)
- Alice Walton – Wal-Mart - $33.5 billion – (increase of $7.2 billion)
- S. Robson Walton – Wal-Mart - $33.3 billion – (increase of $7.2 billion)
- Michael Bloomberg – Bloomberg LP - $31 billion – (increase of $6 billion)
The annual list is published in Forbes Magazine.