The 10 Richest Americans According to Forbes
Forbes recently released its list regarding the 400 richest Americans, and it comes as no surprise that Bill Gates tops the charts due to its enormous net worth of $72 billion. Moreover, Bill managed to steal the title of the world’s richest person from Carlos Slim, and while the other runner-ups are not nearly as rich as Gates, they still managed to amass dollars in the billions. Today we’re going to take a look at the first 10 positions of Forbes’ list, which include names such as Warren Buffet, David Koch and Jim Walton.
1. Bill Gates
At the age of 57, Bill Gates is definitely the most successful businessman in the world right now, since he managed to gather a substantial fortune of $72 billion. The co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation does not keep his money in one place, since only one fifth of his wealth is actually based in the company that made him rich and famous in the first place – Microsoft. In fact, Gates owns a big part of the famed tractormaker Deere & Co and shares in the Mexican Coke bottler Femsa. He even has the Canadian National Railway in his pocket.
2. Warren Buffet
Warren Buffet is the CEO of Berkshire Hathway, and he has seen his wealth increase by $12.5 billion this year, which is quite a substantial gain indeed. In total, Warren Buffet is worth $58.5 billion, which is why he placed second in the newest Forbes list. Highly generous, Warren is known for donating large sums of money to the Gates Foundation, sums that add up to about $20 billion. Warren is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century.
3. Larry Ellisonis
As the co-founder and chief executive of the Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison enjoys a net worth of $41 billion. After the terrible attacks on 9/11, the American business magnate offered state-of-the-art software to the Federal government that would have enabled it to run a run a national identification database. Ellison is also known for giving away large sums of money in order to support research on aging-related diseases and aging in general.
4. Charles Koch
American businessman and philanthropist Charles de Ganahl Koch is the co-owner and chief executive of Koch Industries, which is the second largest private company in America. Koch is also known for supporting a great deal of public policy and charitable institutions such as the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies. With a net worth of $36 billion, Charles Koch sits comfortably at no. 4.
5. David Koch
David Koch is Charles’ brother and the executive vice president at Koch Industries. Due to the expansion of the family business, David’s worth increased by $5 billion in 2013. Known as a major patron of the arts, David donated money to a widespread array of charitable foundations, including Sloan Kettering and the Lincoln Center.
6. Christy Walton and family
As the world’s richest woman, Christy Walton actually inherited her money after her husband John Walton died in a plane crash in 2005. Her greatest assets are tied up in one of America’s largest retailers – Wal-Mart, which was founded by her father-in-law Sam Walton. Chrissy has a net worth of $35.4 billion, and she earned $350 million in 2013 alone.
7. Jim Walton
The youngest son of Sam Walton is also quite rich as well, boasting a net worth of $33.8 billion. Due to Wal-Mart’s immense success, Jim received $350 million in dividends after taxes in 2013. He is also in charge of the Arvest Bank, which belongs to the Walton family, and he donated a lot of cash to the Walton Family Foundation over the last few years.
8. Alice Walton
The daughter of Sam Walton and the heiress of Wal-Mart, Alice Walton is considered the biggest philanthropist in the family. Her greatest accomplishments include the founding of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and she also made substantial donations to the Walton Family Foundation. With a net worth of $33.5 billion, Alice earned $350 million in Wal-Mart dividends in 2013 alone.
9. S. Robson Walton
Sam’s eldest son is now the chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, a position that earned him $350 million in dividends this year. His net worth is about the same as his siblings, $33.3 billion, and he also donated large sums of money to the Walton Family Foundation. Robson attended the University of Arkansas and the Columbia University School of Law.
10. Michael Bloomberg
American politician, business magnate and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg served three consecutive terms as the Mayor of New York City since 2001. Bloomberg owns a large part of the global financial data and media company Bloomberg L.P., which he founded in 1981 with the help of Charles Zegar, Duncan MacMillan and Thomas Secunda.
His lifetime donations sum up to $2.8 billion, out of which $100 million were given to the Gates Foundation in order to support finding a cure for polio.