Gates Tops Rich List With $57B

Leads Forbes ranking for 15th year
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2008 2:07 AM CDT
The Wal-Mart heirs, Alice, Rob and Jim Walton are among the ten richest people in America.    (AP Photo/April L. Brown)
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(Newser) – Microsoft founder Bill Gates leads the latest Forbes list of America's richest people with a fortune estimated to be $57 billion. It's the 15th year in a row that the visionary behind the computer revolution has topped the ratings. But the rich are not getting richer, Forbes reveals. Several fortunes have dwindled significantly. But don't squirt too many tears for the rest of these top-ten richies:

  • Warren Buffet, investor, $50 billion.  
  • Lawrence Ellison, Oracle founder, $27 billion.
  • Jim Walton, Wal-Mart, $23.4 billion.
  • S. Robson Walton, Wal-Mart, $23.3 billion.
  • Alice and Christy Walton, Wal-Mart, $23.2 billion each.
  • Michael Bloomberg, media mogul, $20 billion.
  • Charles and David Koch, Koch Industries, $19 billion each. 
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