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March 9, 2006 at 7:23 PM

Bill Gates: 50 at 50

The Forbes annual list of the world’s billionaires is out, and it’s the same-old, same-old — at least at the top.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates ranked No. 1 — the 12th straight year, says Forbes — with an estimated worth of $50 billion for the 50-year-old.

Other Seattle-area tech moneybags on the list include Paul Allen (No. 6, $22 billion), Steve Ballmer (24, $13.6 billion), Jeff Bezos (147, $4.3 billion) and Craig McCaw (365, $2.1 billion).

Among other high-ranking tech luminaries iare Dell founder Michael Dell (12, $17.1 billion), Oracle CEO Larry Ellison (15, $16 billion) and Google founders Sergey Brin (26, $12.9 billion) and Larry Page (27, $12.8 billion).

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