100 richest people: Meet the 10 richest Americans

The 100 richest people in the world gained $241 billion in net worth last year, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. Americans dominated the list, occupying five of the top 10 spots. This countdown of the top 10 wealthiest Americans features a casino mogul, software tycoons, and a lot of Wal-Mart money. 

1. Bill Gates

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In this November 2012 file photo, Microsoft Corp. founder and chairman Bill Gates listens during Microsoft's annual meeting of shareholders in Bellevue, Wash.

Net worth: $63.3 billion

Wealth source: Microsoft

Residence: Medina, Wash.

World rank: 2nd

He’s famous for dropping out of Harvard and founding Microsoft, the largest software company in the world. But since stepping down as Microsoft’s chief executive officer in 2000, Mr. Gates’s energies have been largely devoted to philanthropic work through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He and his wife, Melinda, had given nearly $28 billion to charity as of 2007, and reportedly plan to give away 95 percent of their wealth. 

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