These Are the Wealthiest People in America

And not surprisingly, the nation's richest have only kept getting richer.

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As if they needed more recognition showered upon them. But congratulations are in order to a few select individuals who have made the cut as the richest Americans: the investor-turned-local-newspaper-mogul, the brothers most famous for bankrolling Tea Party groups, the three-term mayor of New York City and the philanthropic co-founder of Microsoft.

On Wednesday, Forbes released its latest snapshot of the wealthiest people in the United States — featuring a number of faces that have become mainstays on the various “Most Powerful” or “Influential”  lists regularly found in glossy magazines. Microsoft’s Bill Gates once again is ranked as the richest American with an estimated net worth of $66 billion dollars. He tops Forbes‘ U.S.-centric list for the 19th year in a row, but he can’t manage to catch up to the world’s richest man Carlos Slim. The Mexican business and telecom mogul currently has an estimated net worth of $75.5 billion, according to Bloomberg’s daily Index.

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Warren Buffett, the investor that became the face of the president’s push to increase the tax rate for the wealthy with his “Stop Coddling the Super Rich” op-ed, clocks in on the list at #2 with a $46 billion net worth. Recently, Buffett has been using some relative pocket change to snap up dozens of local newspapers, making an optimistic bet they’ll be worth more in the long haul.

Taking the bronze is Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, worth $41 billion. Ellison forwent trying to roll-up his sleeves and save the newspaper industry, opting instead just decided to buy an entire Hawaiian island for himself.

Rounding out the top five are Charles and David Koch, the two brothers that liberal groups love to hate for their continued funding of a variety of conservative causes. They each have an estimated $31 billion to fall back on should President Obama eke out a win over Mitt Romney this fall. (Fellow major financier of anti-Obama election efforts, Sheldon Adelson, ranks at #12 on the list with $20.5 billion.)

The complete list of wealthiest Americans — including Mayor Bloomberg and his $25 billion bank account — can be found here. Interestingly, the keepers of the of the data at Forbes have noted a not-exactly-surprising, but revealing, trend going on since they started keeping all these lists:

Forbes launched its definitive ranking of the nation’s super rich in 1982. Back then the price of admission into this most exclusive of clubs was a mere $75 million of net worth. Even after adjusting for inflation, this year’s entry fee ($1.1 billion) is roughly six times what it was 30 years ago.

That should make for interesting data point in some campaign memos as the income inequality debate reaches a fever pitch in the seven weeks remaining before the presidential election.

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7 comments
Navigator1924
Navigator1924

I have read, and please google, that  Bill and Melinda Gates are campaigning for world wide population control by supporting and promoting abortion and contraception in a direct rebellion against her proclaimed Catholic faith. I also have read that Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Warren Buffett, and George Soros are among the elite who are promoting benevolent holocaust. Google bill gates,Warren Buffet and Ted Turner and population control and benevolent holocaust and vaccines.  Also, if you watch Netflix MI-5 reruns volume 7 and on up, you'll see where these people get their ideas.

I am sickened by the arrogance and the tuning against nature's God by these so called philanthropists. They are the new world order. I ponder about what God thinks about this. W/out being self righteous I hope, I am pretty sure what he thinks. He has his own way of dealing with over population. These people have declared they know better than God. Adam and Eve did this too.

49hoopes99
49hoopes99

Forbes is in dire need of a geography lesson. The riches person in America lives in Mexico (Carlos Slim Helu).  Pedantically speaking, Forbes is referencing the richest people in the United States.  That said, the sincerity displayed by Forbes in publishing the list is impussiant to the ignorance Forbes is spreading by not correctly recognizing Mexico is located in America (North).

Payden Keyes
Payden Keyes

You have no common sense. God will not control the population because there is no such being to do so. Man must control himself otherwise this world will be overrun by people consuming everything till the earth is destroyed and we will be destroyed along with it. So sit back and have trust that some God who there is no proof of will come down and magically save the earth while you help poison it instead of doing something about it yourself. You religious zealots make me sick.... do something yourself for a change instead of depending on God to do it for you.

Axilrod
Axilrod

"So-called philanthropists?"  Bill Gates as given away $28 billion and Warren Buffet has given away $17.5 billion, how much more do they have to give for you to consider them true philanthropists?  Not to mention they (along with 91 other families, all billionaires) have pledged to give away at least 1/2 of their money.  How much money have you donated to charity?  Stop hating people just because they have money.

Benevolent Holocaust?  Do you not realize how ridiculous that sounds?  You know what else it says on the internet?  That George Bush, Queen Elizabeth, and all of the other powerful people in the world are actually reptilian humanoids from another planet, so they're essentially "lizard people" in disguise.  Do you believe that too?  You can't take everything you read on the internet seriously, there is so much garbage out there it's not even funny. 

You don't believe in abortion or contraception?  Then don't get an abortion and don't use contraceptives!  People are entitled to their own beliefs, and you don't have to look down on people for not sharing yours.  People like you make me sick, you try to infringe upon the rights of others and try to use religion to justify it, and it needs to stop.  It's people like you that give religion a bad name.

MR_R
MR_R

@49hoopes99 It stated AMERICA, the Country, not NORTH AMERICA, the Continent.