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Bill Gates Richest American Again

His $59B tops Warren Buffett's $39B

(Newser) - Forbes is out with its annual ranking of the richest Americans, with some familiar names up top. Highlights from the magazine and MSNBC :
  1. Bill Gates, $59 billion
  2. Warren Buffett, $39 billion
  3. Larry Ellison (Oracle), $33 billion
  4. (tie) Charles Koch, $25 billion
  5. (tie) David Koch, $25 billion
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Michelle Obama: World's Most Powerful Woman

The first lady beats Hillary Clinton ... and Lady Gaga and Beyonce

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is pretty powerful, but she’s still no Oprah Winfrey. The secretary of state does, however, wield more heft than Lady Gaga on Forbes ’ annual list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. This year's list still took wealth into account, but gave more weight to... More »

White House Bashes Forbes for 'Kenyan' Article

'Did they not fact-check this at all?'

(Newser) - The White House lashed out at Forbes yesterday over a recent cover story accusing Obama of inheriting the "cause of anti-colonialism" from his Kenyan father. Most critics have attacked writer Dinesh D'Souza or Newt Gingrich, who parroted the ideas in a recent interview. But Robert Gibbs took aim at... More »

Perez Hilton Tops Internet Celebrity List

Forbes list includes Digg, Twitter, TechCrunch, Mashable founders

(Newser) - When it comes to Internet celebrity, Perez Hilton tops the list. The gossip blogger excels in all of Forbes ' criteria, including hits on Google, page views, media saturation, and Twitter followers. Each person on the list must be famous primarily for their Web presence. Herewith, the rest of the... More »

Angie Edges Jen as Top Earner

Just by $2 million, though

(Newser) - Chalk up one more for Angelina Jolie. Brad Pitt’s current partner beat out his ex-wife to top Forbes’ Top-Earning Actresses list. Jolie made $27 million in the last year; Jennifer Aniston came in second with $25 million. In third place: Meryl Streep, thanks to Mamma Mia. For the complete... More »

Jolie Tops Oprah as Most Powerful Celeb

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie has dethroned Oprah as the world's most powerful celebrity, says Forbes in its annual top 100 list. Oprah may make more money, but Jolie's constant media buzz and string of blockbusters give her the edge. Here's the top 10:
  1. Angelina Jolie
  2. Oprah
  3. Madonna
  4. Beyoncé
  5. Tiger Woods
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Beyoncé, Jay-Z Top List of Hollywood Power Couples

Cruises, Beckhams, Smiths, Brangelina also on Forbes rundown

(Newser) - With "an $82 million hip-hop brand and an $80 million R&B empire" in their collective pocket, Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z take the top spot on Forbes' list of highest-earning celeb mates. The runners-up:
  • Will and Jada Pinkett Smith earned a cumulative $85 million from June 2007–June 2008.
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10 Writers Who Turn Books Into Bucks

Top earner JK Rowling made $300 million off Potter franchise in past year

(Newser) - So you think people don't read books anymore? Tell that to JK Rowling, No. 1 on Forbes' list of top-earning authors. The woman behind the Harry Potter juggernaut raked in $300 million in the past year, thanks in part to the movies based on her books—which have sold 375... More »

New York, New York, That Teetering Town

Masters of Universe tighten their belts as Wall Street quakes

(Newser) - Amid the financial fallout, even Manhattan's wealthiest consumers are beginning to curb their spending, Reuters reports. Wall Street tremors and belt-tightening by the rich are bound to hit New York City especially hard, and will rock stores, restaurants—and even charities. "We still have not hit the bottom... More »

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