Photo: Bill Gates and Carlos Slim
Bill Gates is the richest man in the United States for the 20th straight year and has made a comeback as the richest man in the world, Forbes magazine reported Monday.
Gates, with a fortune estimated at $72 billion, pulled ahead of Mexico’s Carlos Slim, whom the magazine named last year as the wealthiest on the planet.
Financier Warren Buffett stays in second place among America’s richest, after piling another $12.5 billion onto his fortune to reach $58.5 billion.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg comes in 10th in the U.S. with $31 billion.
Mark Zuckerberg added $9.6 billion to his wealth thanks to Facebook’s stock market surge and is now worth $19 billion, which places him among the richest in the United States, after failing to make the list last year.
“Five years after the financial crisis sent the fortunes of many in the U.S. and around the world tumbling, the wealthiest as a group have finally gained back all that they lost,” Forbes said.
“The 400 wealthiest Americans are worth a record $2.02 trillion, roughly equivalent to the GDP of Russia,” the magazine said.