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Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list

Bill Gates has topped a list of the United States’ richest individuals for the 17th year running.

The Microsoft co-founder’s $54 billion fortune places him first on The Forbes 400, well ahead of Apple CEO Steve Jobs (42nd with $6.1 billion) and 15 places higher than Microsoft’s current chief exec, Steve Ballmer (16th with $13.1 billion).

Oracle CEO Larry Page came third on the list with $27 billion, while Michael Dell was 15th ($14 billion).

Other notable tech entries included Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who came equal 11th with $15 billion each, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg at number 35 with $6.9 billion.

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