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Bill Gates remains the billionaires' billionaire

Microsoft chief software architect Bill Gates remains the richest American, according to Forbes’ latest top 400 list.

Microsoft chief software architect Bill Gates remains the richest American, according to Forbes’ latest top 400 list.

Forbes said that Gates was worth $51bn (£30bn). Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, no longer active at the company, was in third place and worth $22.5bn.

Other top technology names in the list included Dell’s Michael Dell, worth $18bn, and Larry Ellison at Oracle with $17bn. Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer came in 11th with $14bn.

Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were both valued at $11bn, and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar was worth $10.2bn.

Hedge fund guru Warren Buffet was in second place with $40bn. The 400-name list collectively represented $1.13 trillion.

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