The Definitive Ranking Of The Wealthiest Americans In 2020

The Definitive Ranking Of The Wealthiest Americans In 2020. Pandemic be damned: America’s 400 richest are worth a record $3.2 trillion, up $240 billion from a year ago, aided by a stock market that has defied the virus. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, worth $179 billion, is number one for the third year in a row, followed by Bill Gates at number two. It still takes at least $2.1 billion, unchanged for the past three years, to make the cut.

Even in these trying times mega-fortunes are still being minted. We welcome 18 new members to the ranks, who made their piles in everything from electric trucks to the now-ubiquitous Zoom. Plus there are 9 returnees — former 400 members who fell off the list and have made a comeback. Two from last year’s list died, and 25 dropped off as their fortunes fell; 10 of those setbacks were directly attributable to the Covid crisis. Forbes calculated net worths using stock prices from July 24, 2020. For the full methodology of the 39th annual ranking of America’s richest people, see here.

Jeff Bezos
$179 B
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56
Washington
Amazon
1
Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos founded e-commerce colossus Amazon in 1994 out of his garage in Seattle. He runs it as CEO and owns an 11.1% stake.
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2.
Bill Gates
$111 B
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64
Washington
Microsoft

4
3.
Mark Zuckerberg
$85 B
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36
California
Facebook

2
4.
Warren Buffett
$73.5 B
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90
Nebraska
Berkshire Hathaway
5
5.
Larry Ellison
$72 B
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76
California
software
1
6.
Steve Ballmer
$69 B
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64
Washington
Microsoft

2
7.
Elon Musk
$68 B
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49
California
Tesla, SpaceX
1
8.
Larry Page
$67.5 B
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47
California
Google
1
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Sergey Brin
$65.7 B
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47
California
Google
1
10.
Alice Walton
$62.3 B
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70
Texas
Walmart

2
11.
Jim Walton
$62.1 B
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72
Arkansas
Walmart

1
12.
Rob Walton
$61.8 B
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75
Arkansas
Walmart
1
13.
MacKenzie Scott
$57 B
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50
Washington
Amazon.com
2
14.
Michael Bloomberg
$55 B
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78
New York
Bloomberg LP
4
15.
Charles Koch
$45 B
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84
Kansas
Koch Industries

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