America's Richest Got $800M Richer Last Year
And more facts and figures from the Forbes 400 list that will make you sad
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2013 5:28 PM CDT

(Newser) Forbes has dropped its annual Forbes 400 list, full of names and numbers to make you feel even worse about the state of your bank balance. Some highlights:

  • With a net worth of $72 billion, Bill Gates is once again the richest person in America, now holding the top spot for 20 years. He has also reclaimed the title of the richest person in the world.
  • Warren Buffett, coming in at No. 2 with $58.5 billion, was the year's biggest dollar gainer, adding $12.5 billion to his fortune last year.
  • Mark Zuckerberg made a triumphant return to the Top 20, with his $9.6 billion fortune scoring him No. 20—though it was still six places behind Google co-founder Sergey Brin, with $24.4 billion.

  • America's—and the world's—richest woman is WalMart family member Christy Walton, with $34.5 billion, just pipping sister-in-law Alice Walton with $33.5 billion.
  • Collectively, this year's 400 list is worth $2.02 trillion—which is roughly the GDP of Russia.
  • The average net worth of each list member is $5 billion—$800 million more than last year.
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Sep 25, 2013 11:17 PM CDT
I tell them there's no hurry, I'm just sittin here doin' tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime... I'm just sittin here watchin the wheels go round and roooooooooooooooound... I really love to watch them roll. No longer riding on the merry-go-roooooooooooouuund... I just had to let it go. I just had tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo... let it go...
Sep 24, 2013 6:21 PM CDT
I would rather be in a country that does not rely on money to survive. Money is not backed by wealth, it is backed by fraud, and as soon as all the people in the world find out they are trading nothing for their labor, they will soon get the idea that the were taken for a ride.
Sep 18, 2013 8:32 AM CDT
The more the middle class loses, the more the richest haul in. Simple as that. Like they really need it.