Most of America’s richest people had a good year, according to the brand new Forbes 400. Altogether they are 12% richer than last year. Some billionaires did even better, including a mix of corporate heirs, entrepreneurs, investors and tech stars. George Soros came in second, up $8 billion, and Mark Zuckerberg came in first, up $11 billion.
Net Worth: $9.3 billion
Gained: $4.3 billion
Shares of Simmons' publicly traded holding company, Valhi, are up 250 per cent since last summer. The company controls has operations in the chemicals, component products, wastemanagement, and titanium metals industries.
Net Worth: $59 Billion
Gained: $5 Billion
After losing $17 billion in the financial crash, Gates has been steadily gaining it back. At $59 billion he ties his record from Oct. 2007.
Net worth: $22 billion
Gained: $7.8 billion
Take the money and run? Soros closed his hedge fund to outside investors this July citing adverse market conditions, but he seems to have done just fine.
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