The ten wealthiest people in America, according to Forbes
Forbes magazine has published a list of the richest Americans of 2022, with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg dropping out of the top ten.
As is customary every year, Forbes magazine has published its famous list of the wealthiest people in the United States.
For the first time in 41 editions, Tesla tycoon Elon Musk leads the list of the richest people in the US - and indeed the world - having increased his fortune by $60 billion dollars in the last twelve months. According to Forbes, Musk currently has a net worth of $251 billion.
Following Musk is Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon, who led the list last year. Bezos’ net worth is thought to be around $151 billion dollars, placing him second nationally and third globally.
The third richest person in the US is Microsoft creator, Bill Gates, with a net worth of $106 billion dollars. Back in July Gates announced that he was pledging another $20 billion to charity through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, taking his total lifetime donations past the $50 billion mark. He has previously stated his intention to give away the vast majority of his fortune during his lifetime.
Below is Forbes’ complete list of the ten richest people in the United States for 2022...
1. Elon Musk - $251 billion (Tesla / SpaceX)
2. Jeff Bezos - $151 billion (Amazon)
3. Bill Gates - $106 billion dollars (Microsoft)
4. Larry Ellison - $101 billion (Oracle)
5. Warren Buffett - $97 billion (Berkshire Hathaway)
6. Larry Page - $93 billion (Google)
7. Sergey Brin - $89 billion (Google)
8. Steve Ballmer - $83 billion (Microsoft)
9. Michael Bloomberg - $76.8 billion (Bloomberg LP)
10. Jim Walton - $57.9 billion (Walmart)
Mark Zuckerberg leaves the list
One notable name absent from the 2022 top ten is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who ranked third in the 2021 count, but has dropped out of this year’s list. Zuckerbuck lost more than half of his fortune in the last year.
Zuckerberg currently has a net worth of $57.7 billion, a huge decline from his $134.5 billion fortune the previous year. In recent months the value of Facebook has fallen sharply, due in large part to competition from newer social networking sites like TikTok.