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Forbes 400 Richest Americans List 2013
Review of the 400 wealthiest people in the United States of America,
according to the Forbes business magazine, 2013

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For the 20th time in a row the richest person in the United States of America is.. wait for it.. Bill Gates! It's interesting how nothing much really happens with the top 10 list of America's richest. They might go up or down a few places here and there, but those at the very top of the list have become static. I haven't had a good look at the Forbes 400 list yet but I'm guessing Warren Buffett is at number 2 and Larry Ellison is at number 3 (OK now I have checked and I was right!).

Bill Gates saw his wealth increase to an eye watering $72 billion. That's enough to also make him the richest person in the world according to the Forbes business magazine. The move knocks the Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu from his golden perch. Gates sits atop of a fortune piled higher than any other person in the world, even after giving away an estimated $28 billion of his stash. He has been diversifying over the years and now only has an estimated one fifth of his wealth invested in the software company Microsoft.

Warren Buffett, one of the world's richest men, gained the most over the year with an increase in value of $12.5 billion. Buffett now has a fortune of $58.5 billion after his Berkshire Hathaway company had a good year with a more than 30% gain. The 83 year old has had a prostate cancer scare and is still doing mega-deals. The mammoth food company H.J. Heinz was picked up for $23.2 billion.

The combined wealth of the elite 400 has hit a record $2.02 trillion, making the financial crisis of recent years look like a blip on the radar. Main street hasn't faired as well as elite street as the top four hundred wealthiest people now have a net worth about as large as the gross domestic product (GDP) of countries like India or Russia. This is a roughly $300 billion increase on last year.

Last year the average net worth of the 400 club was about $4.2 billion. In 2013 the richest Americans have an average of $5 billion each, which is an $800 million increase! The poorest of the rich list must feel very inferior with their $1.3 billion fortunes, the lowest net worth accepted this year. I'm sure the paupers on the list don't even have gold plated toilets on their private jets! Might as well fly economy class if you can't afford a gold plated toilet on your plane!

There were 20 new entrants to the exclusive list this year. Some of the new billionaires include Kynetics sports merchandise retailer Michael Rubin, real estate mogul Jeff Sutton, 35 year old Robert Pera, and camera man Nicholas Woodman. One third of the new entrants on the Forbes 400 list inherited their fortunes.



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Top 10 richest people in United States 2013 according to the Forbes business magazine.
(All figures in American Dollars)

1. Bill Gates $72 billion - Microsoft
2. Warren Buffett $58.5 billion – Berkshire Hathaway
3. Larry Ellison $41 billion – Oracle software
4. Charles Koch $36 billion – Koch Industries
5. David Koch $36 billion – Koch Industries
6. Christy Walton – $35.4 billion – Wal Mart
7. Jim Walton $33.8 billion – Wal-Mart
8. Alice Walton $33.5 billion – Wal-Mart
9. S. Robson Walton $33.3 billion – Wal-Mart
10. Michael Bloomberg $31 billion – Bloomberg media

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