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Bill Gates tops Forbes list of richest Americans

world Updated: Sep 22, 2011 01:27 IST

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Bill Gates tops this year's Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans with a net worth calculated at $59 billion.

Forbes says the Microsoft co-founder saw his wealth increase by $5 billion from in 2010.

Investor Warren Buffett ranks second with a fortune of $39 billion, though Forbes says the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chief executive's wealth shrank by $6 billion from a year ago.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison rounds out the top three with a net worth of $33 billion, a $6 billion increase from 2010.

George Soros entered the top 10 list for the first time at seventh. Forbes estimates his wealth at $22 billion. Three members of the Walton family, descendants of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, also are among the top 10 wealthiest in 2011.