Net Worth of 400 Richest Americans Jumped 13%

And those 400 now make up 1/8 of the US economy
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2012 11:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – It was a good year for America's 400 richest people, who saw their net worth jump 13% to $1.7 trillion, according to Forbes' latest "Forbes 400" list. For a little context, Reuters notes that that means their combined net worth represents roughly one-eighth of the entire US economy.

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The top five names on the list didn't change this year—it's still Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison, and the Koch brothers, in that order. Perhaps the most notable change: Mark Zuckerberg plummeted from No. 14 to No. 36, thanks to Facebook's less-than-stellar NASDAQ debut. (Read more Forbes 400 stories.)

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