NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bill Gates (#1) retains his top spot on the list with $54 billion, followed by Warren Buffett (#2) with $45 billion. Buffett’s success in amassing tremendous wealth may be legendary, but he is equally passionate about his philanthropic endeavors. He and Jay-Z sat down with Steve Forbes for our cover story, “The Summit” (p. 42) to talk about wealth, success and giving back. The complete video interview is also available online at: www.forbes.com/Forbes400. Jay-Z is not on the list yet, but could he break into the list during this decade? See “15 in 2015” on p. 67.
This year’s Forbes 400 reflects an uptick in wealth among America’s 400 Richest, with a total combined wealth of $1.37 trillion. In contrast to 2009, wealth was up for some 217 members of this year’s list while only 85 members saw a decline. Gainers include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (#35), whose wealth increased 245%, the largest percentage increase of anyone on the list (see “In Mark We Trust,” p. 80) and Diane Hendricks (#170), one of the 42 women on this year’s list (see “Hendricks” p. 34).
Among the decliners are M&M moguls John, Jacqueline and Forrest Mars (#26), who keep a low profile in Wyoming (see “In Search of Mars” on p. 246). Sixty-four Richest had no change in net worth, including Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder (#365), featured on p. 174 in “Daniel Snyder’s Passion Play.” The Forbes 400 welcomed 16 new members in 2010, including two with ties to Facebook: Dustin Moskovitz (#290), (he left Facebook in 2008 but still has a stake in the social networking outfit and is now worth $1.4 billion) who at 26 is the new youngest on the list (he’s 8 days younger than Zuckerberg!); and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin (#356) with $1.15 billion. Sidney Kimmel (#365), who earned his fortune in the apparel business and then became a film producer (“Rags To Riches (Not Exactly),” p.30), is one of the 18 returnees to the list.
There were 34 drop-offs this year, including former taxi-driver-turned real-estate mogul Tamir Sapir, who is now facing a slew of creditors in various lawsuits (“Drenched In Debt,” p. 248) and Raj Rajaratnam, the ex-hedge fund manager facing 185 years in prison (“Power and Pleasure,” p. 118). Other notable people on the list include Ralph Lauren (#60), Oprah Winfrey (#130), Mark Cuban (#144), Meg Whitman (#332) and Barry Diller (#332). The Top 10 include:
|1||Bill Gates||$54 billion||Microsoft||+ $4 billion|
|2||Warren Buffett||$45 billion||Berkshire Hathaway||+ $5 billion|
|3||Lawrence Ellison||$27 billion||Oracle||$0|
|4||Christy Walton & family||$24 billion||Wal-Mart||+ $2.5 billion|
|5||Charles Koch||$21.5 billion||Manufacturing, energy||+ $5.5 billion|
|5||David Koch||$21.5 billion||Manufacturing, energy||+ $5.5 billion|
|7||Jim C. Walton||$20.1 billion||Wal-Mart||+ $ 500 million|
|8||Alice Walton||$20 billion||Wal-Mart||+ $ 700 million|
|9||S. Robson Walton||$19.7 billion||Wal-Mart||+ $ 700 million|
|10||Michael Bloomberg||$18 billion||Bloomberg LP||+ $ 500 million|
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