Market Meltdown Reshapes Forbes Rich List
Buffett bumps Gates in redrawn rankings of world's wealthiest
By Clay Dillow,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2008 12:15 PM CDT
Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and CEO of The Las Vegas Sands Corporation, lost $4 billion between August 29 and Oct. 1.    (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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(Newser) – The mortgage meltdown has certainly hit middle-class Americans hard but hasn't spared the uber-wealthy, Bloomberg reports. Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson’s net worth shed $4 billion between Aug. 29 and Oct. 1, for instance, while Warren Buffett overtook Bill Gates, whose net worth declined $1.5 billion, as the richest American. Other losers and their losses:

  • Dish Network CEO Charles Ergen: $2.2 billion
  • Oracle CEO Larry Ellison: $1.6 billion
  • Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page: $1.5 billion each
  • Investor Carl Icahn: $1.6 billion
  • Dell founder Michael Dell: $1.4 billion