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
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
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
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
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
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 Amazon.com.
Sheldon Adelson – $20.5 billion
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.