Top 10 Richest People in US

From the billionaires who inherited their wealth to those who reached their fortune out of nothing, these business magnates have been known for their insurmountable wealth and business industries which outgrew and expanded to a world-class company. The Forbes magazine listed the top wealthiest persons in the US for 2015. While 145 US billionaires failed to shine, it is notable that 25 neophytes debuted with high stocks, huge deals, and escalating property values. And within an elusive year, they seem to progress and leap to a higher rank contributing to approximately $2.34 trillion.

Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Richest People in the United States of America as listed by the Forbes. Starting off with:

10. Larry Page (Net Worth USD: $33.3 Billion)

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Born on March 26, 1973, Larry is an American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of the Google Inc. along with Sergey Brin and the CEO of the Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google. He is the inventor of Google’s best-known search ranking algorithm, PageRank. In 2004, he was nominated by the National Academy of Engineering which he accepted the Marconi Prize. He is also the board member of the X Prize Foundation (XPRIZE).

According to him, his childhood was merely about computer, science and technology magazines and popular science magazines which he was first interested in computers in his sixth years of age. He finished computer engineering from the University of Michigan with honors and took his Master of Science in computer science from Stanford University.


9. Jim Walton (Net Worth USD: $33.7 Billion)

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Born on June 7, 1948, Jim is the youngest son of the founder of Wal-Mart, Sam Walton and Helen Walton. Walmart is the largest retailer in the world. A year after his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BA) Marketing in 1971, he engaged in real estate dealings and included himself in Walmart. Aside from being on the Walmart Board of Directors in 2005, he became the CEO of his family’s Arvest Bank and Community Publishers Inc (CPI) chairman.

Four years after his service, he became Wal-Mart’s president in 1975 and took over his brother on the Board of Directors after he died in 2005. From 2008 to 2013, he dedicated approximately $2 billion to the Walton Family Foundation together with his siblings. In 2013, Walton ranked seventh on the Forbes 400 list and ranked tenth in 2014.


8. Michael Bloomberg (Net Worth USD: $386 Billion)

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Born on February 14, 1942, Michael is a businessman, politician, and philanthropist. From 2001, he became the 108th Mayor of New York City in his three consecutive years. He is the founder, CEO and the owner of the Bloomberg L.P. known for its Bloomberg Terminal; the Bloomberg L.P is a global financial data and media company used by the professional investors worldwide. Before he established his business in 1981, he worked at the security brokerage Salomon Brother and became the chairman of the board of trustees at John Hopkins University from 1996 to 2002.

In 2001, he crossed from the Democrat party to the Republican and won as a mayor of New York against Mark Green; he then left the Republican party in 2005 and continued his second term; in 2009, he was again elected for his third term as an independent candidate. Although he was initiated to run for presidency and governor, he refused to seek either office and decided to stay as a mayor.


7. Mark Zuckerberg (Net Worth USD: $40.3 Billion)

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Born on May 14, 1984, Mark is a computer programmer, internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist who became famous through the most-used social network site, Facebook. Hence, he is the co-founder, chairman and the chief executive with a one-dollar salary. During his university days, he and his friends, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, started the social network from Harvard’s dormitory rooms until it was disseminated nationwide.

Facebook the made him a billionaire at the age of 23 in 2007 and 2012; Facebook notably reached one billion downloads worldwide. And just recently, he and his wife Priscilla Chan pledged to donate the majority of their fortune through The Giving Pledge. It is moved by the spirit of “advancing human potential and promoting equality.”


6. David Koch (Net Worth USD: $41 B)

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Born on May 3, 1940, David is an American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. In 1970, he got involved in the Koch Industries, and the composite family business ranked as the second largest private company in the United States of America. In 1979, he became the company’s ancillary president and became the co-owner of the Koch Industries in 1983. Today, David Koch is the executive vice president.

In 1980, he financed the campaign with the Libertarian Party when he attempted to run for vice president of the country. He established the Citizens for a Sound Economy. According to the Condé Nast Portfolio, David is “one of the most generous but low-key philanthropists in America.”  In 2008, the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center was renamed after him when he contributed $100 million to the renovation. He is a donor to the Lincoln Center, Sloan Kettering, a fertility clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the American Museum of Natural History’s David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing.


5. Charles Koch (Net Worth USD: $41 Billion)

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Born on November 1, 1935, Charles is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is the brother of David Koch who serves as the Koch Industries’ executive vice president while he is the co-owner, chairman of the board and chief executive officer. Initially, Koch Industries run from oil refining and chemicals, but it has expanded to a wider scope including process and pollution control equipment and technologies, polymers and fibers, minerals, fertilizers, commodity trading and services, forest and consumer products, and ranching.

The famous brands of the Stainmaster carpet, the Lycra brand of spandex fiber, Quilted Northern tissue, and Dixie Cups are being produced by these businesses. He assists several independent market-conformed educational institutions like the Institute for Humane Studies and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is also the co-founder of the Washington, DC-based Cato Institute.


4. Jeff Bezos (Net Worth USD: $47 Billion)

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Born on January 12, 1964, Jeff is an entrepreneur and investor who succeeded in the e-commerce industry as he became the founder and CEO of the Amazon.com. Originally, Amazon.com is an online retailer of books before it expanded into merchandising different kinds of products. Today, it has become the world’s largest merchant and a model of online sales.

Bezos then acquired the Washington Post newspaper in 2013. After he graduated in Princeton in 1986, he started his career in the computer science field on Wall Street. Again, he worked at the company of Fitel where he learned to create a network for international trade. Aside from these enterprises, he worked at Bankers Trust and D.E Shaw & Co, and Internet-enabled business opportunities.


3. Larry Ellison (Net Worth USD: $47.5 Billion)

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Born on August 17, 1944, Larry is an American Internet entrepreneur, businessman, and philanthropist. He is the Oracle Corporation’s executive chairman and chief technology officer. Since the foundation of the corporation up to September 2014, he served as the chief executive making him the third richest man in the US. He is an undergraduate of the University of Chicago and moved to California in 1966. In early 1970, he worked at Ampex.

In 1977, he founded the Oracle Corporation which was influenced by Edgar F. Codd’s relational database design research until it became a rival of Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server after its financial success in the database to mi-and-low-range systems. About one percent of his fortune is donated to charity as he signed to The Giving Pledge. Furthermore, this successful businessman magnate owns two military jets and is a licensed aircraft pilot. He also spells success in yachting.


2. Warren Buffett (Net Worth USD: $62 Billion)

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Born on August 30, 1930, Warren is an American business tycoon, investor, and philanthropist. Aside from being the world’s most successful investor, Time listed him as one of the most influential people in the world. He is the chairman, CEO, and the largest shareholder of the Berkshire Hathaway.

Often called “Wizard of Ohama” or “Oracle of Ohama” or the “Sage of Ohama,” he values investing, and he is known for his personal economizing despite his enormous fortune. As a remarkable philanthropist, he pledged to give 99 percent of his wealth to the philanthropic causes mainly through the Gates Foundation.


1. Bill Gates (Net Worth USD: $76 Billion)

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Born on October 28, 1955, Bill Gates is an American businessman, philanthropist, investor and computer programmer. He is the co-founder of Microsoft in 1975 along with Paul Allen. Today, Microsoft has gone so far making it as the largest PC software company in the world. He became the chairman, CEO and chief software architect being the biggest individual shareholder during his career at the business until May 2014.

For sixteen consecutive years, Bill Gates was recognized as the top wealthiest person worldwide, and he is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Moreover, he is a donor to numerous charitable organizations, and scientific research programs through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation was established in 2000.