Bill Gates has been the richest person in the country for an entire generation, cinching the top spot on Forbes’ list of the 400 wealthiest Americans for the 19th consecutive year.
That’s what a net worth of $66 billion will do for a guy. Last year, he had $59 billion.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. head Warren Buffett, again in second place, trailed with $46 billion. The slacker.
Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corp., was next with $41 billion. The rest of the top 10 was populated with the likes of the Koch brothers, the Wal-Mart Waltons and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
But the tech magnates on the list are probaby less sanguine. Mark Zuckerberg, after Facebook’s less-than-inspiring IPO, lost the most money of the bunch. He still has $9.4 billion, but the company’s public debut cost him $8.1 billion in net worth and sent him down to 36th place from 14th, just behind Rupert Murdoch.