The Rushmore Report: The 20 Richest Americans


2017 has been another good year for the wealthiest people in America, as the price of admission to the country’s most exclusive club jumped by nearly 18 percent. The minimum net worth to make The Forbes 400 list of richest Americans is now a record $2 billion, up from $1.7 billion a year ago. The group’s total net worth climbed to $2.7 trillion, up from $2.4 trillion, and the average worth rose to $6.7 billion.

Here is the list of the 20 wealthiest Americans, along with how they made their money. Try not to be jealous!

  1. Bill Gates – $89 billion (Microsoft)
  2. Jeff Bezos – $81.5 billion (Amazon)
  3. Warren Buffet – $78 billion (Berkshire Hathaway)
  4. Mark Zuckerberg – $71 billion (Facebook)
  5. Larry Ellison – $59 billion (Oracle)
  6. Charles Koch – $48.5 billion (diversified)
  7. David Koch – $48.5 billion (diversified)
  8. Michael Bloomberg – $46.8 billion (Bloomberg LP)
  9. Larry Page – $44.6 billion (Google)
  10. Sergey Brin – $43.4 billion (Google)
  11. Jim Walton – $38.4 billion (Walmart)
  12. Robson Walton – $38.3 billion (Walmart)
  13. Alice Walton – $38.2 billion (Walmart)
  14. Sheldon Adelson – $35.4 billion (Las Vegas Sands)
  15. Steve Ballmer – $33.6 billion (Microsoft)
  16. Jacqueline Mars – $25.5 billion (candy, pet food)
  17. John Mars – $25.5 billion (candy, pet food)
  18. Phil Knight – $25.2 billion (Nike)
  19. Michael Dell – $23.2 billion (Dell Computer)
  20. George Soros – $23 billion (hedge funds)

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