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The day in the numbers: $1 billion

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$1 billion: The minimum amount now needed in the bank to qualify for Forbes magazine's exclusive list of the 400 richest Americans.

  • $1.25 trillion: The total worth of the top 400. The dollars have been stacking up over the last 12 months, exceeding last year's total of $1.13 trillion.
  • $53 billion: Microsoft founder Bill Gates' estimated fortune. Gates has occupied the top spot for the last 13 years. Businessman Warren Buffett maintains his number two slot with $46 billion.
  • $1 million: The amount earned per hour by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who leapt into the number three slot.
  • $395 million: The amount of money lost over the past year by Martha Stewart, who fell off the list completely.
  • 90: The number of people on the rich list 400 who live in California. Another 44 live in New York City.

  • The dollars are stacking up for America's richest billionaires.




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