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September 23, 2011

List of richest people in America released

Forbes says fortunes of wealthiest grow by 12 percent


CNHI

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The economy may be down, but the wealth of America’s richest is up by 12 percent, to nearly $1.53 trillion, Forbes magazine said this week in unveiling its list of the 400 wealthiest people in the country.

Topping the list for the 18th year in a row is Microsoft founder Bill Gates. But there are some changes in the top 20, as younger technology entrepreneurs like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg watch their fortunes grow.

Here’s the breakdown of the 20 richest people in the country, according to Forbes. Click here for Forbes' full list.

No. 1: Bill Gates

Net worth: $59 billion

Age: 55

Residence: Medina, Wash.

Source: Microsoft



No. 2: Warren Buffett

Net worth: $39 billion

Age: 81

Residence: Omaha, Neb.

Source: Berkshire Hathaway



No. 3: Larry Ellison

Net worth: $33 billion

Age: 67

Residence: Woodside, Calif.

Source: Oracle



No. 4 (tie): Charles Koch

Net worth: $25 billion

Age: 75

Residence: Wichita, Kan.

Source: diversified



No. 4 (tie): David Koch

Net worth: $25 billion

Age: 71

Residence: New York

Source: diversified



No. 6: Christy Walton

Net worth: $24.5 billion

Age: 56

Residence: Jackson, Wy.

Source: Wal-Mart



No. 7: George Soros

Net worth: $22 billion

Age: 81

Residence: Katonah, N.Y.

Source: hedge funds



No. 8: Sheldon Adelson

Net worth: $21.5 billion

Age: 78

Residence: Las Vegas, Nev.

Source: casinos



No. 9: Jim Walton

Net worth: $21.1 billion

Age: 63

Residence: Bentonville, Ark.

Source: Wal-Mart



No. 10: Alice Walton

Net worth: $20.9 billion

Age: 61

Residence: Fort Worth, Texas

Source: Wal-Mart



No. 11: S. Robson Walton

Net worth: $20.5 billion

Age: 67

Residence: Bentonville, Ark.

Source: Wal-Mart



No. 12: Michael Bloomberg

Net worth: $19.5 billion

Age: 69

Residence: New York

Source: Bloomberg LP

No. 13: Jeff Bezos

Net worth: $19.1 billion

Age: 47

Residence: Seattle, Wash.

Source: Amazon.com



No. 14: Mark Zuckerberg

Net worth: $17.5 billion

Age: 27

Residence: Palo Alto, Calif.

Source: Facebook



No. 15: Sergey Brin

Net worth: $16.7 bill

Age: 38

Residence: Los Altos, Calif.

Source: Google



No. 16: Larry Page

Net worth: $16.7 billion

Age: 38

Residence: Palo Alto, Calif.

Source: Google



No. 17: John Paulson

Net worth: $15.5 billion

Age: 55

Residence: New York

Source: hedge funds



No. 18: Michael Dell

Net worth: $15 billion

Age: 46

Residence: Austin, Texas

Source: Dell



No. 19: Steve Ballmer

Net worth: $13.9 billion

Age: 55

Residence: Hunts Point, Wash.

Source: Microsoft

No. 20 (tie): Forrest Mars

Net worth: $13.8 billion

Age: 80

Residence: Big Horn, Wy.

Source: candy



No. 20 (tie): Jacqueline Mars

Net worth: $13.8 billion

Age: 71

Residence: The Plains, Va.

Source: candy



No. 20 (tie): John Mars

Net worth: $13.8 billion

Age: 75

Residence: Jackson, Wy.

Source: candy, pet food