Billionaire Mailing List
Billionaire, Millionaire, And CEO Contact Addresses
1. Jeff Bezos
Net worth: $127 billion, up $36.5 billion
- Bezos is the biggest dollar-gainer on the list.
- Climbs into the top 10 richest on The Forbes 400 for just the 2nd year thanks to surge in Amazon.com shares.
- In September he announced that his aerospace company, Blue Origin, would spend over $200 million to build reusable rockets and launch them into orbit from a site at Cape Canaveral by the end of the decade.
2. Bill Gates
Net worth: $96 billion, down $5 billion
Source of Wealth: Microsoft
- World’s richest man for 22 years in a row, bumped out by Jeff Bezos in January 2018.
- Gates owns just under 3% of Microsoft, which accounts for 13% of his total fortune. His private investment firm, Cascade, makes up the rest, investing in stocks, bonds, private equity and real estate.
- How much money has Bill Gates given? Lifetime philanthropic giving of: $31.5 billion.
3. Warren Buffett
Net worth: $72 billion, down $5 billion
Source: Berkshire Hathaway
- Fortune down $5 billion in the past year because share price of Berkshire Hathaway fell.
- His net worth is down 7.5% since 2014 Forbes 400.
- Berkshire Hathaway in August announced its biggest acquisition ever, agreeing to pay $37 billion for Precision Castparts, a maker of aerospace, power and industrial parts. In addition to Precision, Berkshire owns companies including Geico, Dairy Queen and Fruit of the Loom.
- This year teamed up again with 3G Capital, a firm run by a trio of Brazilian billionaires, to merge Kraft Foods with Heinz. Buffett has joined forces last year to help finance 3G’s merger of Burger King and coffeehouse chain Tim Hortons.
- How much money has Warren Buffett given? Lifetime philanthropic giving of: $25.6 billion.
4. Larry Ellison
Net worth: $67.5 billion, up $2.5 billion
- Fortune down $2.5 billion in the past year as Oracle’s share price fell.
- His net worth is down 5% since 2014 Forbes 400.
- Stepped down as CEO of Oracle in September 2014, stayed on as chairman.
- In June 2015 he announced that Oracle would expand its cloud-computing business, putting it in direct competition with Amazon.com’s Web Services business.
- Both of his children are Hollywood moguls. Daughter Megan has financed films like Zero Dark Thirty and American Hustle. Son David has produced franchises like The Terminator and Mission: Impossible.
5. Charles Koch (Tie With Brother David)
Net worth: $48 billion, down $1 billion
- Net worth down 2% since 2017 Forbes 400 due to market pressure on commodities and industrial companies Charles runs $15 billion (revenues) Koch Industries, the country’s second-largest private company with $115 billion in sales.
- He’s been chairman since 1967, when the company was valued at $50 million; it is now worth an estimated $100 billion.
- Political heavyweight compares his crusade for smaller government and economic liberty to the campaign for civil rights, and hopes his network of several hundred wealthy conservatives will spend up to $300 million on candidates and another $600 million on efforts to reduce regulation and reform the criminal justice system.
5. David Koch (Tie With Brother Charles)
Net worth: $48 billion, down $1 billion
- Net worth down 2% since 2017 Forbes 400
- New York City’s richest resident.
- Shares control of conglomerate Koch Industries with brother Charles. David runs the company’s chemical-trading business.
- The brothers’ fortunes fell slightly in the past year owing to weakness in the manufacturing and pipeline sectors.
7. Mark Zuckerberg
Net worth: $50.3 billion, up $6.3 billion
- Was up to the third position until recently when his net worth dropped due to the Analytica scandal.
- In August Facebook had 1 billion users in a single day for the first time ever.
- Net worth up 32.5% since 2014 Forbes 400, as Facebook stock rises by more than 25%.
- Zuckerberg cracked the top 10 on Forbes 400 for first time in 2015.
8. Michael Bloomberg
Net worth: $48.6 billion, up $3.6 billion
Source: Bloomberg LP
- Fortune up $3.6 billion since the 2017 Forbes 400.
- He returned to the CEO role at Bloomberg LP in late 2014.
- Bloomberg LP revenues are now estimated at more than $9 billion.
- In June Mike Bloomberg announced a $100 million donation to Cornell University's technology campus in New York.
- Lifetime philanthropic giving is $5.9 billion.
9. Jim Walton
Net worth: $43.7 billion, down $2.3 billion
- Sits on the board of Wal-Mart.
- Youngest son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton.
- FORBES estimates that he owns nearly 13% of Wal-Mart.
- Jim is chairman and CEO of family-owned Arvest Bank, which has $16 billion in assets.
- Wal-Mart stock is currently down 15%. (Oct 2015)
10. Larry Page
Net worth: $43.3 billion, up $1.8 billion
- Google cofounder Sergey Brin, announced in August 2015 that Google will create Alphabet as a parent company in the fourth quarter. Their aim: to “get more ambitious things done”.
- Page will shift from CEO of Google to CEO of Alphabet.
- Google - including YouTube - is one of the multiple companies that will be under the Alphabet umbrella.
- Google stock hit an all-time high in July 2015.
It was harder than ever to join The Forbes 400 in 2018. The price of entry this year was $1.7 billion, the highest it’s been in the 33 years that Forbes has tracked American wealth. Last year you had to have $1.55 billion to make the cut. Because the bar is so high, 145 U.S. billionaires missed the list.
Bill Gates is now the 2nd richest American. A few months ago he was over taken by Amazon's Jeff Bezos as the Richest Person In The World with a net worth of $125 billion. Gates had held that position for 22 years in a row, an now comes in with a net worth of $96 billion. His stake in Microsoft, which he cofounded 40 years ago, now accounts for just under 4% of his fortune. His friend Warren Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, occupies the number three spot on The Forbes 400, now rebranded, The 400, and has held the position since 2001, with a net worth of $82 billion.
Larry Ellison, chairman of business software firm Oracle, comes in at number four, with a net worth of $67.5 billion.
In percentage terms, Travis Kalanick, founder of ride-hailing service Uber, gained the most, doubling his fortune since last year to $6 billion. Investors have valued Uber - which has faced plenty of controversy around the world - at more than $50 billion.
Altogether the 400 wealthiest Americans are worth $2.34 trillion, up $50 billion from a year ago. The average net worth of list members is $5.8 billion, $100 million more than last year and a record high. About half - 202 of the 400 - are worth more now than they were a year ago, while 119 people from last year’s list had lower net worths this year. Thirty-five people fell off the list; another four died, including Subway sandwich chain cofounder and CEO Fred DeLuca.
There are 25 newcomers to The Forbes 400, including Evan Spiegel, the youngest person in the ranks, and the youngest billionaire in the world. Just 25 years old, the Stanford University graduate cofounded mobile messaging app SnapChat with Bobby Murphy, also a newcomer. Snapchat has been valued by investors at $16 billion. Other newcomers include private equity titan Robert Smith, the second-richest African-American, after Oprah Winfrey; and the three cofounders of rental-accommodations service Airbnb: Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia.
Surging tech stocks upended ranks near the stratosphere of The Forbes 400 list of the Richest Americans this year. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg both zoomed into the top 10 richest for the first time. Bezos, the biggest gainer on the list, up $46.5 billion in one year, is now the richest American, worth $127 billion. Zuckerberg is number seven, with a net worth of $50.3 billion, falling several places after the Analytica scandal made shares take a hit. A rise in Nike shares lifted founder Phil Knight, age 77, back into the top 20 for the first time in 18 years.
The estimates shown here are part of the Forbes 400 Wealthiest Americans List for 2017 releashed in September 2017. The estimates are a snapshot of the wealthiest Americans’ net worth on Sept. 11, when they locked in numbers and rankings. Some of The Forbes 400 become richer or poorer within weeks, even days, of publication. Forbes tracks those changes online at Forbes.com/forbes-400. You can also find more information on list members, including additional photos, videos and coverage of these influential billionaires there. Thank you to Forbes.com for this info....
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TOP TEN RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE U.S. FOR 2018
Top 10 Richest People In The U.S. For 2018
As of April 1, 2018