The List: America's Wealthiest Now Lead the World

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If Bill Gates - the world's richest person - gave $10,000 to every man, woman, and child in Chicago, he'd still have about $12 billion left over for himself. Mr. Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., saw his wealth more than double - to $39.8 billion - in the past year. Forbes magazine says Gates's wealth now even exceeds the world's richest royal, the sultan of Brunei ($38 billion). America has 170 billionaires, up from just 13 when the first Forbes list was printed in 1982. Top 40 names on the new list include:

1. Gates, William H. III

Bellevue, Wash., $39.80 billion

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2. Buffett, Warren Edward

Omaha, Neb., $21.00

3. Allen, Paul Gardner

Mercer Island, Wash. $17.00

4. Ellison, Lawrence Joseph

Atherton, Calif., $9.20

5. Moore, Gordon Earl

Woodside, Calif., $8.80

6. Ballmer, Steven Anthony

Bellevue, Wash., $8.30

7. Kluge, John Werner

Charlottesville, Va., $7.80

8. Perelman, Ronald Owen

New York, $6.50

9. Walton, Jim C.

Bentonville, Ark.,$6.50

10. Walton, Helen R.

Bentonville, Ark., $6.40

11. Walton, Alice L., Rogers,

Ark., $6.30

12. Walton, John T.

Durango, Colo., $6.30

13. Walton, S. Robson

Bentonville, Ark., $6.30

14. Pritzker, Jay Arthur,

Chicago, $6.00

15. Pritzker, Robert Alan

Chicago, $6.00

16. Dell, Michael,

Austin, Texas, $5.50

17. Knight, Philip H.

Portland, Ore., $5.40

18. Anschutz, Philip F.

Denver, Colo., $5.20

19. Anthony, Barbara Cox

Honolulu, $5.00

20. Chambers, Anne Cox,

Atlanta, $5.00

21. Newhouse, Donald Edward

Somerset County, N.J., $4.50

22. Newhouse, Samuel Irving Jr.

New York, $4.50

23. Hewlett, William Redington

Portola Valley, Calif., $4.10

24. Murdoch, Keith Rupert

New York, $3.90

25. Annenberg, Walter Hubert

Wynnewood, Pa., $3.80

26. Kerkorian, Kirk,

Las Vegas, $3.70

27. Soros, George,

New York, $3.50

28. Turner, Robert E. (Ted)

Roswell, Ga., $3.50

29. Johnson, Abigail,

Boston, $3.40

30. Mars, Forrest Edward Jr.

McLean, Va., $3.30

31. Mars, Forrest Edward Sr.

Miami, $3.30

32. Mars, John Franklyn

Arlington, Va., $3.30

33. Perot, Henry Ross,

Dallas, $3.30

34. Vogel, Jacqueline Mars

Bedminster, N.J., $3.30

35. Ingram, Martha Robinson Rivers

Nashville, Tenn., $3.20

36. Simplot, John R.,

Boise, Idaho, $3.20

37. Redstone, Sumner M.

Newton Centre, Mass., $3.10

38. Bronfman, Edgar M. Sr.

New York, $3.00

39. Hillman, Henry Lea

Pittsburgh, $3.00

40. Huntsman, Jon Meade

Salt Lake City, $3.00

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