Bill Gates is the richest person in the United States of America for the 22nd consecutive year. This is according to the information provided by the Forbes list of the wealthiest Americans for 2015. The Microsoft co-founder may not be as active in growing that empire as he was decades ago, but Gates has remained rather busy with other endeavors. The 59-year-old tech guru and businessman has already left significant impacts on the world, and he now dedicated much of this portion of his life to contributing even more to humanity.
The top 11 spots on the list of the richest people in America for 2015 are all filled by men. Familiar names such as Warren Buffett, Charles Koch, David Koch and Michael Bloomberg are all found in the top ten. You may, considering the successes that he has enjoyed over the years, be surprised to learn that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is, according to the data released by Forbes, making his debut in the top ten. Zuckerberg has billions upon billions of dollars to his name, but he does have a ways to go before he will be able to even flirt with catching up with Gates.
Multiple members of the famous Walton family are in the bottom half of the top 20 richest people in America for 2015. Phil Knight may no longer be serving as the head man at Nike, but he nevertheless still has billions of dollars. At the bottom of the list are three members of the same family who will never need to purchase another piece of candy in their lives, even though they could probably afford to buy all of the sweet treats that are on the planet. Some people have all the luck in that they happen to be born into the right family.
20 T18. John Mars - Net Worth: $23.4 Billion
19 T18. Jacqueline Mars - Net Worth: $23.4 Billion
18 T18. Forrest Mars, Jr. - Net Worth: $23.4 Billion
17 Phil Knight - Net Worth: $24.4 Billion
16 George Soros - Net Worth: $24.5 Billion
15 Sheldon Adelson - Net Worth: $26 Billion
14 Christy Walton & Family - Net Worth: $30.2 Billion
13 S. Robson Walton - Net Worth: $31.3 Billion
12 Alice Walton - Net Worth: $32 Billion
11 Sergey Brin - Net Worth: $32.6 Billion
10 Larry Page - Net Worth: $33.3 Billion
9 Jim Walton - Net Worth: $33.7 Billion
8 Michael Bloomberg - Net Worth: $38.6 Billion
7 Mark Zuckerberg - Net Worth: $40.3 Billion
6 T5. David Koch - Net Worth: $41 Billion
5 T5. Charles Koch - Net Worth: $41 Billion
4 Jeff Bezos - Net Worth: $47 Billion
3 Larry Ellison - Net Worth: $47.5 Billion
2 Warren Buffett - Net Worth: $62 Billion
1 Bill Gates - Net Worth: $76 Billion
The co-founder of Microsoft now has goals beyond getting computers into as many American homes as possible. He and his wife have been praised for the efforts of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one that has awarded grants to the following over the past year: Pan American Health Organization, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, University of Washington Foundation, Growth Philanthropy Network Incorporated, and other causes and institutions. Education, gun control and immigration reform are three policies that have been among Gates' interests. He may no longer be working to improve Microsoft, but Gates remains the richest person in America for at least another year.
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