Richest People In America 2012: How Can One Person Make That Much Money?

Richest People In America 2012: How Can One Person Make That Much Money?

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As many Americans are struggling to simply  find a job in this economy, others are having in issues at all working and bringing home billions of dollars every year. While I am super jealous of everyone on this list, props to them for being that successful. This is a list of the Richest People In America 2012.

Bill Gates – $66 billion

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Microsoft has done good to Bill Gates. He is the former chief executive and current chairman at Microsoft and tops the list after taking in $66 billion this past year!

Warren Buffett – $46 billion

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This man knows how to invest his money, that is for sure. Warren Buffett took home $46 billion this past year from being the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO at Berkshire Hathaway.

Larry Ellison – $41 billion

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Computers are the way to go, as Larry Ellison makes the list as the co-founder and chief executive at Oracle Corporation, which is one of the world’s leading software companies.

Charles Koch – $31 billion


Charles Koch is the co-owner, chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries, which he inherited from his father Fred Koch. With his brother David, they helped expand the company and now include products like Quilted Northern and Dixie.

David Koch – $31 billion

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David serves as the Executive Vice President at Koch Industries, but him and his brother both own 42% each of the company, so both took home $31 billion last year.

Christy Walton & Family – $27.9 billion


It is now time for Walmart to take over the list. First up is Christy Walton, who happens to be the window of John Walton, one of the sons of Walmart founder Sam Walton. They all benefit from the fortunes of Walmart and she leads the pack with $27.9 billion.

Jim Walton – $26.8 billion


Jim is the youngest son of Sam Walton and with Walmart and serving as chairman of Arvest Bank, he took home $26.8 billion this past year.

Alice Walton – $26.3 billion


Alice is the only daughter of the late Sam Walton and she takes home $26.3 billion from her share in the Walmart family business.

S. Robson Walton – $26.1 billion


This seems weird, but S. Robson Walton seems to be the one most involved in Walmart (he is the chairman of the company), but he is the one taking home the least amount ($26.1 billion).

Michael Bloomberg – $25 billion

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Bloomberg serves as the current mayor of NYC and has been busy lately dealing with Hurricane Sandy, but he is the founder of Bloomberg L.P. and now owns 88 percent of the company, which is quite a good chunk of change!

Jeff Bezos – $23.2 billion


Jeff Bezos is said to be one of the leaders that helped spread the growth of e-commerce and continues that growth as the founder and CEO of

Sheldon Adelson – $20.5 billion

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A rich man thanks to some hotel and convention centers. Sheldon Adelson is the chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, so I guess he is feeling lucky.

Sergey Brin – $20.3 billion


He was born in Russia, but made his way to America and with his partner Larry Page, they founded a little thing called Google. We all use it, which had led to his wealth.

Larry Page – $20.3 billion


Again, computers are key to making this list and with Sergey Brin, they founded Google and took home $20.3 billion this past year.

George Soros – $19 billion


George Soros is the chairman of Soros Fund Management. He has invested his money well and has used that money to do good in the world, which is nice to hear.

  • bonnie

    Disgusting!!starving, homeless people in this “great”nation. What a joke!!they are lucky to have what they do. It’s luck. And God allowed them to have it. What a waste nothing good. Look at walmart…slave wages horrible benefits. Sick!!

  • Anonymous

    Why can’t rich people have money without being judged?

  • Rooster

    Bill gates does not make that in one year! That is his net worth

    • Ant


      • Chili Peppers

        How can you make this big of mistake and make it to “print”. Lazy inaccurate reporting is the worst

  • bored reader

    Incompetent reporter, the amounts listed are not income but net worth.

  • ammty

    I have to say…..I don’t understand why people hate the rich. Most “rich” people work their butts off to get that way. Some might say it was handed to them. I say…nothing wrong with that. Once again someone worked their butt off to make sure their kids and grandkids would not have to worry. I would do the same if I had any to leave for the generations to come.

    • g-man625

      You’re right, ammty. Sam Walton’s kids and the lady who married a Walton son all worked their butts off and deserve the billions of dollars they have in wealth. Too bad the rest of us just aren’t as smart and refuse to work as hard. PLEEEAAASE!!!

    • shawn

      That is my exact thoughts and why I’m following the compasssionate capitalism.

  • truth

    Most rich hate the poor or anyone not in their social class. They vote republican for one reason….a little less taxes. 3 or 4 % more in taxes makes absolutely no difference to the rich but that is main reason they vote republican, they care little about health care for everyone else, high gas prices, high food costs, etc. Most are greedy, stingy, pay their employees as little as possible. They should be like Ben and Jerry who pay their employees over $15 an hour, not min wage. My wife’s cousin was born poor, married doctor, now she is a huge snob, only friends with other rich , dropped relationship with her family , talks about being busy all the time with tennis lessons, shopping and constantly remodeling their home, and talks like their poor. When their child decided they liked basketball around 9 years old they built half a gym for her, very nice.

  • Mustafa

    How in the world does the author of this article not research or know the difference between income and net worth? And who is the editor? Beyond inexcusable.

  • What idiot wrote this? They listed net worth instead of yearly income and who doesn’t proofread their articles? Window instead of widow? Really?

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