The 32nd Forbes 400 list was released Monday, September 16, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates is again on the top of the richest Americans list with a personal fortune of $72 billion. The second on the top, at $13.5 billion distance, is Warren Buffet , chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway and the third is the Oracle Corp’s founder Larry Ellison with $41 billion. The minimum to be on the list was set this year at $1.3 billion. The combined fortune of the all 400 people from the list was this year $2.02 trillion, estimated to be equivalent to the gross domestic product of Russia. Bill Gates is the richest person in America for the 20th year.
The majority (414) members of the list have their wealth growing. This year’s list has 20 newcomers. There are 32 professional sports teams owners on the Forbes list this year and 14 of them are NFL owners. The richest person involved in sports is Phil Knight, the chairman of Nike, the 24th richest American. His fortune is $16.3 billion. The richest woman in the world is Christy Walton. Her fortune was inherited when her husband, John Walton, died in a plane crash 8 years ago. The four founders of Wall Mart are on the list from the sixth to ninth spots. Their average fortune is $34 billion. Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Mayor, is the world’s richest mayor, with $31 billion. He is the tenth in this famous list. Mark Zuckeberg, Facebook CEO, is now in the top 20.