Bill Gates Still Richest American, Steve Jobs Ranks at No. 39
Bill Gates (No. 1) retains his top spot on Forbes’ 2011 ranking of the richest people in America (“The Richest People In America,” p. 39 and p. 210) with $59 billion, followed by Warren Buffett (No. 2) with $39 billion and Larry Ellison (No. 3) with $33 billion. George Soros (No. 7) joins the Top 10 for the first time, with $22 billion, and is one of several of the 27 hedge fund managers – 7% of the Forbes 400 – featured in “Hedged Fortunes,” p. 82.
Former Apple CEO and now Chairman of the Board Steve Jobs ranked at #39 with $7 billion. Jobs ranked at No. 42 last year with $0.9 billion less; globally, Forbes ranked Steve Jobs at #110 earlier this year. Also seen in this year's list: Amazon's Jeff Bezos (#13), Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (#14). Zuckerberg is this year's "biggest dollar gainer" by adding $10.6 billion in the past 12 months. Google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page ranked both at No. 15 with $16.7 billion each.
Forbes has a complete analysis of their list here. Combined, the nation's wealthiest are worth $1.53 trillion.