Bill Gates tops Forbes list of richest Americans

Bill Gates tops Forbes list of richest Americans

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Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., introduces the Windows Vista operating software Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 in New York. The software goes on sale Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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KING 5 News and Associated Press

Posted on September 21, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 21 at 3:00 PM

NEW YORK - Bill Gates tops this year's Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans with a net worth calculated at $59 billion.

Forbes says the Microsoft co-founder saw his wealth increase by $5 billion from last year.

Investor Warren Buffett ranks second with a fortune of $39 billion, though Forbes says the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chief executive's wealth shrank by $6 billion from a year ago.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison rounds out the top three with a net worth of $33 billion, a $6 billion increase from last year.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com is at No. 13 with a net worth of $19.1 billion, edging out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who comes in at No. 14 with $17.5 billion.

Steve Ballmer of Microsoft is No. 19 with $13.9 billion. Paul Allen is No. 23 with $13.2 billion, and Phil Knight of Nike is No. 24 with $13.1 billion.

Lady Gaga has knocked out Oprah in the Celebrity 100 List. Forbes says Gaga is No. 1 not just because of the $90 million she earned with her recent tour, but also because of her 32 million Facebook fans and 10 million Twitter followers, who helped move 1 million digital downloads of her recent single "Born This Way" in only five days.

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