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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

September 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Forbes: Bill Gates richest person in America. Again.

Bill Gates.pngMicrosoft co-founder Bill Gates once again tops Forbes Magazine’s list of the 400 richest people in America.

The 55-year-old former Microsoft CEO, who is still chairman of the board at Microsoft and now co-chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has a net worth of $59 billion as of this month, Forbes said.

He’s topped the list numerous times before, including last year when he had a net worth of about $54 billion.

Other local tech billionaires on the list include Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos at No. 13 (net worth $19.1 billion); Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at No. 19 ($13.9 billion) and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen at No. 23 ($13.2 billion).

The top 10 on Forbes’ list are:

  • Bill Gates, $59 billion
  • Warren Buffett, $39 billion
  • Larry Ellison, $33 billion
  • Charles Koch, $25 billion
  • David Koch, $25 billion
  • Christy Walton and family, $24.5 billion
  • George Soros, $22 billion
  • Sheldon Adelson, $21.5 billion
  • Jim Walton, $21.1 billion
  • Alice Walton, $20.9 billion

(Photo of Bill Gates from Microsoft)

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