America’s rich get richer

By Laurie Bennett

September 23, 2010 at 6:28am

Contrary to President Obama’s thin reassurance earlier this week that everybody’s hurting, the wealthy had a pretty good year.

Total assets of the 400 richest Americans, listed Wednesday by Forbes, rose 8 percent over the past year to a total $1.37 trillion.

Bill Gates led the list, followed by Warren Buffett. Members of the Walton family, heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune, dominated the top 10.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

The Koch brothers, in the news for their support of conservative causes as well as their huge wealth, also appeared in the top 10.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ranked 10th, with $18 billion.

Everyone on this year’s list had a net worth of at least $1 billion. The threshold had fallen to $950 million last year.

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