2009 was a hard year for rich people to lose money.
The double-dip recession could still be on the way, but for now, most assets are looking better than they did a year ago.
But there are always losers.
The vast majority of tech billionaires have a more impressive net worth on the 2010 Forbes list of billionaires than on the one from 2009, but there are exceptions.
2009 net worth: $1.3 billion
2010 net worth: $1.2 billion
Todd struck gold during the dot com boom with partner Mark Cuban. He hasn't become a mega-mogul like Mark, but even after a dropping $100 million last year, he's doing pretty well for himself.
2009 net worth: $1.0 billion
2010 net worth: Under $1 billion!
The founder of Boston Scientific, a medical tech company, has less than $1 billion left to his name, an amount too small to be calculated by the system of measurement we're using (Forbes's list of billionaires).
2009 net worth: $1.8 billion
2010 net worth: $1.3 billion
The founder of the Apollo Group and its flagship University of Phoenix isn't generally thought of as a tech guy, but hawking online degrees is his major growth business. When there is growth, that is.
His son, Peter, is also an Apollo-made billionaire, and lost $200 million of his own on the year.
2009 net worth: $5.5 billion
2010 net worth: $5 billion
It was a brutal year for the pharmaceutical heavyweight, but stock in his Abraxis BioScience has surged since the Forbes list was compiled. He's no doubt smiling like this again.
2009 net worth: $1.4 billion
2010 net worth: less than one billion!
Another exile from the billionaires list. An expensive divorce took the wind out of Google's twelfth employee's sails.
2009 net worth: $4.5 billion
2010 net worth: $3.3 billion
It has been a brutal year for the founder of two computer companies and veteran of two presidential bids. A mountain of debt forced him to sell Perot Systems to Dell.
Still, we can think of worse things than being down to your last $3.3 billion.
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