Software guru turned philanthropist tops Forbes 400 list for 21 years straight
You know the saying about how the rich get richer? Well, if going by the numbers, the saying is true -- in order to make the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans, you'd need a net worth of $1.55 billion, the highest it's been since Forbes started tracking American wealth in 1982 (last year it required $1.3 billion to make the list). And speaking of long-term trends, Bill Gates tops the list as the richest American for the 21st year in a row.
There must not be anything to watch on cable, hence anyone can think of another reason why hackers are finding themselves so restless these days. In addition to Kickstarter suffering a security breach in recent days, Forbes acknowledged on Facebook that it was targeted in a digital attack in which its publishing platform was compromised, along with the email address of every single registered user.
Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu is now the richest man in the world with a net worth of $74 billion. Bill Gates, despite being retired since 2008, is still the second wealthiest person on the globe with a net worth of $56 billion, edging out Warren Buffet (No. 3) by $6 billion. Way down on the list, but on the list nonetheless, is Mark Zuckerberg (No. 52 with $13.5 billion), CEO of Facebook and one of six Facebookers now represented on the coveted list.
The filthy rich have a new poster boy. According to the latest Forbes World's Billionaires list, Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helu is the richest man alive, with his $53.5 billion fortune proving just about enough to win him the top spot ahead of Bill Gates. Gates may have spent a substantial part of his life atop the list but this year he missed the top spot by a whisker with an estimated worth of $53 billion. He lost nip and tuck despite adding $13 billion to his fortune over the past year. This is the first time in the last 16 years that a non-American has topped the list. Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Steve Ballmer, Paul Allen and Michael Dell are some of the other tech honchos on the list.
You may not have been aware, but the universe had been out of whack for a short period. But now order is fully restored with Bill Gates regaining his position as the world's wealthiest man according to Forbes, a designation he lost briefly to Warren Buffet. And with an estimated fortune worth around $57 billion, Gates now enjoys a comfortable lead over No. 2 Buffet, who after a 15 percent decrease since February of this year now sits at $50 billion.
But Gates isn't the only Microsoft elite doing superbly well. Co-founder Paul Allen is ranked 12th with a net worth of $16 billion, while Ballmer claims the 16th spot with $15 billion. Between the three, that comes to $88 billion, enough to buy more than 317 million retail boxed copies of Windows Vista Ultimate.
Don't feel bad if you didn't make the list. Forbes says you "only" need $1.3 billion to qualify, so if you weren't among the 32 new entrants, it just means you're not trying hard enough.