Richest people in the United States - additional information
Every year since 1982, the American business magazine Forbes has been compiling lists of the 400 richest people in the United States, known as the “Forbes 400.” In addition to that, since 1987, the publication has also been compiling a ranking of the 500 richest people in the world (excluding royalty and dictators), as well as more specialized tops, such as “World's Most Powerful Women,” “America's Richest Families,” “Most Valuable Brands” or “30 Under 30,” which focuses on young entrepreneurs from various fields which have gained millions in the past year by the use of social media, technical innovations and generally new and fresh approaches to business.
As of 2015, the richest person in the United States is, for the 21st time, business magnate, philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates. With an estimated net worth of 80 billion U.S. dollars, Gates is not only the wealthiest American, but also the richest man in the world. He gained the first spot in the global billionaires ranking in 1987 and, since then, has held the title a total of 16 times. The second richest American in 2015 is Warren Buffett, business magnate, investor, philanthropist and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. The third position is occupied by Larry Ellison, internet entrepreneur, philanthropist and, until 2014, CEO of Oracle Corporation. In the global billionaires ranking, Buffett and Ellison occupy the third and fifth place respectively.
According to Forbes, the last entry on the 400 list in 2015 boasts a net worth of 1.55 billion U.S. dollars, more than last year’s minimum, which means that the bar is rising higher with every new edition. The total worth of the 400 richest Americans is an impressive 2.29 trillion U.S. dollars, about the same amount as Brazil’s GDP in 2014, which was valued at 2.35 trillion. American banker of Chase Manhattan Corporation fame, David Rockefeller, who turned a hundred this year, is the oldest billionaire to make the list. The youngest billionaire in 2015, aged only 24, is Evan Spiegel, co-founder of photo messaging app Snapchat.