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Gates tops richest Americans list again
Los Angeles, Sep 24 (DPA) Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates has retained his top spot on the list of richest Americans for the 12th year running.
The list published Friday in Forbes magazine showed that President George W. Bush's policy of tax cuts has made America's wealthiest even wealthier with the top 400 now worth $1.13 trillion - up $125 billion from last year's figure. It took $900 million to make the top 400 list, compared to $750 billion last year.
America now has 313 billionaires - up from 262 last year. California alone boasts 98. Gates led the list with $51 billion, ahead of investor Warren Buffet with $40 billion.
Gates' former partner Paul Allen was in third place with a net worth of $22.5 billion, followed by computer mogul Michael Dell with $18 billion. Software titan Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, came in fourth with a net worth of $17 billion.
The rest of the top 10 was made up by five members of the Walton family, the heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune, each of whom was worth more than $15 billion.
The high-flying stock of Google shot the company's founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, up from 43rd place to a joint 16th spot. Each have a net worth of $11 billion.
The top celebrity on the list was Star Wars creator George Lucas with $3.5 billion, followed by tycoon-turned-reality TV star Donald Trump, and director Steven Spielberg with $2.7 billion.
TV personas Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart also made the list, with $1.4 billion and $970 million respectively.