Bill Gates wealthiest living US entrepreneur

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the wealthiest living US entrepreneur, with an estimated net worth of $80.2 billion, according to Wealth-X. The list of 10 billionaires was dominated by ‘technopreneurs’ as six of them made their fortunes from technology or technology-related businesses, including Gates, Larry Ellison of Oracle and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The 10 entrepreneurs are collectively worth $407.4 billion, accounting for about 20 per cent of the total ultra-rich wealth in America, according to Wealth-X, the global wealth intelligence and prospecting firm headquartered in Singapore.

The combined market capitalisation of the 10 individuals’ primary companies is $1.7 trillion, which means they have created wea-lth that’s four tim­es what they themselves are worth.

Warren Buffett, who at 83 is also the oldest person on the list, was ranked second with an estimated wealth of $64.2 billion.

Buffett was followed by Ellison of Oracle with a net worth of $48.2 billion and businessman and Bloomberg founder Michael Bloomberg with $33.7 billion.

Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, was ranked fifth with a net worth of $32.8 billion, while Google’s Larry Page was placed sixth with a net worth of $31.3 billion.

Zuckerberg, 30, is the youngest person on the list and was placed seventh with a net worth of $30.9 billion, followed by Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.Com (eighth, $30.5 billion); Google’s Sergey Brin (ninth, $30.1 billion) and Carl Icahn (10th, $25.5 billion).

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