10 Richest People in the US: See Who Keeps Getting Richer
As technology continues to shape our world, the richest people in America are those who pioneered innovation. These self-made billionaires have transformed industries, improved lives through philanthropy, and are always working towards creating a better tomorrow.
Using data from Forbes’ 2023 World’s Billionaires List, we have identified and ranked the 10 richest people in America from least rich to richest. The list includes their ages, net worths, and the source of their fortunes, as well as who got richer and who lost money over the past year.
1. Mark Zuckerberg
At just 38 years old, Mark Zuckerberg is one of the youngest self-made billionaires on this list. He started Facebook as a student at Harvard in 2004, and the social media platform has since become a household name. Zuckerberg took Facebook public in 2012 and holds a 13% stake in the company.
However, a drop in Meta stocks caused Zuckerberg’s net worth to decline from $97 billion in 2021 to $64.4 billion in the current year. Despite the setback, Zuckerberg remains one of the richest people in America.
2. Sergey Brin
Sergey Brin, who co-founded Google with Larry Page in 1998, is worth $76 billion. Forbes reports that Brin is the richest immigrant to America, having moved to the U.S. from Russia when he was six years old. Although no longer the president of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, Brin remains a member of the board and controlling shareholder.
However, Brin’s net worth fell by over $30 billion over the past year due to a decline in Alphabet’s share value.
3. Larry Page
Another Google co-founder, Larry Page, ranks eighth on the list with a net worth of $79.2 billion. Page was integral in developing the PageRank algorithm that revolutionized internet searches, but he stepped down as CEO of Alphabet. Despite this, he remains a controlling shareholder.
Like Brin, the decline in Alphabet’s share value led to Page’s decline in net worth.
4. Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer joined Microsoft as its 30th employee in 1980, eventually serving as CEO from 2000-14. During his tenure, he helped the company navigate the dot-com bust and the rise of Google. Ballmer is worth $80.7 billion and owns the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.
However, a decline in Microsoft’s share value led to a drop in Ballmer’s net worth.
5. Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg built his fortune from the ground up, starting his Wall Street career at the entry level before creating a financial empire based on media and technology. He also served as the mayor of New York and remains the CEO of Bloomberg LP. Bloomberg is worth $94.5 billion.
Bloomberg added $12.5 billion to his net worth since Forbes’ last ranking.
6. Bill Gates
Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft and amassed a fortune, but he now devotes much of his attention to philanthropy. Gates and his ex-wife, Melinda, co-lead the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is the world’s largest charity. Since their divorce in May 2021, Melinda Gates received $6 billion in shares of public companies.
Microsoft’s rough year and Gates’ $20 billion donation to the foundation led to a drop in his net worth from $129 billion in 2022 to $104 billion in the current year.
7. Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett’s conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway, owns dozens of companies and well-known brands like Geico and Duracell. At 92 years old, he is one of the most successful investors in modern history and is worth $106 billion.
Buffett’s net worth declined to $118 billion in the current year.
8. Elon Musk
With a net worth of $182.9 billion, Elon Musk is not only the richest person in America, but the world. He co-founded PayPal before going on to lead Tesla, SpaceX, and several other ventures. Musk is also known for his quirky behavior and tweets that often make headlines.
Musk’s net worth increased by over $150 billion over the past year, cementing his spot as the richest person in the world.
9. Jim Walton
Jim Walton is the youngest son of the late Walmart founder Sam Walton and inherited a stake in the retail giant. He now serves on the company’s board and is worth $92.5 billion.
Like his siblings, Walton inherited his fortune rather than creating it himself.
10. Alice Walton
Alice Walton is the wealthiest woman in America and the daughter of Sam Walton. She has a net worth of $60.4 billion and serves on the board of Walmart. Alice is known for her passion for art and has built a personal collection worth over $500 million.
Like her brother, Walton inherited her fortune from her father’s successful retail empire.
– The combined wealth of the 10 richest people in America is $1.003 trillion.
– All 10 on the list are self-made, except for Jim and Alice Walton, who inherited their wealth.
– Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, once the richest person in the world, did not make the list as he is now a citizen of space after his Blue Origin spacecraft trip.
These self-made billionaires have disrupted industries, improved lives through philanthropy, and redefined what is possible. While some have seen a decline in their net worth over the past year, others have increased their wealth significantly.
What sets these wealthy individuals apart is their drive and determination to leave their mark on the world. They continue to pioneer innovation and work towards creating a better future for all.
The 10 richest people in America have amassed fortunes through hard work, risk-taking, and innovation. They continue to shape the world with their businesses and generosity, leaving behind a lasting impact on the world. While their wealth may fluctuate, their commitment to making a difference remains unwavering.