The rich are getting richer and The Forbes 400 list of the Richest Americans is out to validate it. The big list of people with big-money is out and and the eligibility to enter it comes for a price of $1.7 billion. And because the bar is so high, 145 U.S. billionaires failed to make it to the list. Though down by $5 billion, Microsoft’s Bill Gates still walks away as the richest American for the 22nd year in a row, with a net worth of $76 billion.
Warren Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, holds on to the second spot on The 400 since 2001 with a net worth of $62 billion. However the most successful investor of the 20th century has also lost about $5 billion overall.The third slot is being held by Larry Ellison, chairman of business software firm Oracle, with a net worth of $47.5 billion.
The rest of the top ten list of the richest Americans follows –
2015’s The Forbes 400 includes 25 newcomers, including Evan Spiegel, the youngest person in the ranks, and the youngest billionaire in the world. Altogether the 400 wealthiest Americans are worth $2.34 trillion, up $50 billion from a year ago.