March 11, 2024 | Allison Robertson

The Wealthiest People in the US


The Wealthiest People in the US

This is a list of the wealthiest Americans ranked by net worth.

It is based on an annual assessment of wealth and assets by Forbes and by data from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Here are 25 of the richest Americans today.

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The Forbes 400 Richest Americans List

The Forbes 400 Richest Americans list has been published every year since 1982.

The combined net worth of the 2020 class of the 400 richest Americans was $3.2 trillion, up from $2.7 trillion in 2017.

As of October 2020, there were 614 billionaires in the United States.

Forbes Magazine application on Samsung S5's screen.dennizn, Shutterstock

Combined Value of Current Richest People in America

As of February 2024, a combined value of 849.8 billion U.S. dollars was held by the top five wealthiest billionaires in the United States.

According to Statista Research Department, the top three wealthiest billionaires in 2024 are Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg.

Elon Musk in black suit smiling - 2018The Royal Society, CC BY-SA 3.0 ,Wikimedia Commons

Net Worth

Net worth is the net value of the value of an individual's assets minus the value of an individual's liabilities. Net worth = Assets - Liabilities.

Disclaimer: Each net worths listed in this article is an estimation based on recent data. These numbers are subject to change, and may vary depending on source.

B&W photo of person holding moneyTima Miroshnichenko, Pexels

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Wealth

According to Schwab's 2023 Modern Wealth Survey, Americans perceive an average net worth of $2.2 million as “wealthy.”

Knight Frank's research indicates that a net worth of $4.4 million is required to be in the top 1% in America.

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Elon Musk

Net Worth: Approx. $220 Billion

Source of Wealth: Tesla, SpaceX

Elon Musk is currently the richest man in America with a current net worth of over a two-hundred billion. He is 52 years old and is both a businessman and inventor.

Elon Musk in black jacket sittingJD Lasica, CA, US, CC BY 2.0 , Wikimedia Commons

Jeff Bezos

Net Worth: Approx. $199 Billion

Source of Wealth: Amazon

Jeff Bezos is the second richest man in America. He is 60 years old and is an American businessman, media proprietor and investor.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder - 2016National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution, Flickr

Mark Zuckerberg

Net Worth: Approx. $178 Billion

Source of Wealth: Facebook/Meta

Mark Zuckerberg is 39 years old and he is an American businessman and philanthropist. In 2007, at age 23, he was the world's youngest self-made billionaire at the time.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook IncKevork Djansezian, Getty Images

Bill Gates

Net Worth: Approx. $150 Billion

Source of Wealth: Microsoft

Bill Gates is 68 years old and he is an American businessman, investor, philanthropist, and writer best known for co-founding the software giant Microsoft.

Bill Gates attends the Futur Show convention, in Milan. - 2004Paolo Bona , Shutterstock

Steve Ballmer

Net Worth: Approx. $140 Billion
Source of Wealth: Microsoft

Steve Ballmer is 67 years old and he is an American business executive and investor who was the chief executive officer of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014.

He is also the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA.

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer at CES - 2010Microsoft Sweden, Flickr

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Warren Buffett

Net Worth: Approx. $134 Billion
Source of Wealth: Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffet is 93 years old and he is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist who currently serves as the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

He is one of the best-known investors in the world.

Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

Larry Ellison

Net Worth: Approx. $130 Billion
Source of Wealth: Oracle

Larry Ellison is 79 years old and he is an American businessman and entrepreneur who co-founded software company Oracle Corporation.

Ellison is also known for his ownership of 98% of Lānaʻi, the sixth-largest island in the Hawaiian Islands.

Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle Corporation - 2010Oracle PR, Flickr

Larry Page

Net Worth: Approx. $125 Billion
Source of Wealth: Alphabet Inc., Google

Larry Page is 50 years old and he is an American businessman, computer scientist and internet entrepreneur best known for co-founding Google with Sergey Brin.

Larry Page - 2008Niall Kennedy, Flickr

Sergey Brin

Net Worth: Approx. $119 Billion
Source of Wealth: Alphabet Inc., Google

Sergey Brin is 50 years old and he is an American businessman best known for co-founding Google with Larry Page.

Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin - 2012Thomas Hawk, Flickr

Michael Dell

Net Worth: Approx. $104 Billion
Source of Wealth: Dell

Michael Dell is 59 years old and he is an American billionaire businessman and investor. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Dell Technologies, one of the world's largest technology infrastructure companies.

Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO, Dell - 2010Oracle PR, Flickr

Michael Bloomberg

Net Worth: Approx. $97 Billion
Source of Wealth: Bloomberg L.P.

Michael Bloomberg is 82 years old and he is an American businessman, politician, philanthropist, and author.

He is the majority owner and co-founder of Bloomberg L.P.

Michael Bloomberg smiling - 2019Gage Skidmore, Flickr

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Jensen Huang

Net Worth: Approx. $81 Billion
Source of Wealth: Nvidia

Jensen Huang is 61 years old and he is an American businessman, electrical engineer, and the co-founder, president and CEO of Nvidia—a software and fables company.

Jen-Hsun Huan NVIDIA's Founder, President and CEO.jamesonwu1972, Shutterstock

Jim Walton

Net Worth: Approx. $73 Billion
Source of Wealth: Walmart

Jim Walton is 75 years old and he is an American businessman. He is currently an heir to the fortune of Walmart, the world's largest retailer.

He is the youngest son of Sam Walton—the founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club.

Jim Walton presenting - 2011Walmart, Flickr

Rob Walton

Net Worth: Approx. $72 Billion
Source of Wealth: Walmart

Rob Walton is 79 years old and he is an American billionaire heir to the fortune of Walmart, the world's largest retailer. He is the eldest son if Sam Walton.

Rob Walton, chairman of the Board for Walmart Stores - 2011Walmart, Flickr

Alice Walton

Net Worth: Approx. $71 Billion
Source of Wealth: Walmart

Alice Walton is 74 years old and she is an American heiress to the fortune of Walmart as daughter of founder Sam Walton.

As of November 2023, Alice was the second-richest woman in the world.

Alice Walton - 2011Walmart, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Charles Koch

Net Worth: Approx. $65 Billion
Source of Wealth: Koch Industries

Charles Koch is 88 years old and he is an American billionaire businessman. He has been co-owner, chairman, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries since 1967. He and his late brother inherited the business from their father, Fred C. Koch.

Charles Koch, Chairman and CEO, Koch Industries - 2016Fortune Brainstorm Tech, Flickr

Julia Koch 

Net Worth: Approx. $59 Billion
Source of Wealth: Inheritance from Koch Industries

Julia Koch is 61 years old and she is an American socialite and philanthropist who is one of the richest women in the world.

She inherited her fortune from her husband, David Koch, who passed in 2019. Dave was a businessman and made his money through the family business—Koch Industries, the second largest privately held company in the US.

Julia Koch smiling - 2007freddthompson, Flickr

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Jacqueline Mars

Net Worth: Approx. $46 Billion
Source of Wealth: Mars Inc.

Jacqueline Mars is 84 years old and she is an American heiress and investor. She is the granddaughter of the founders of Mars Inc.—the American candy company.

Jacqueline Mars attend The International Debutante Ball - 2018Aurora Rose, Getty Images

John Mars

Net Worth: Approx. $46 Billion
Source of Wealth: Mars Inc.

John Mars is 88 years old and he is an American businessman and heir. He is the chairman of Mars, Inc. He is the grandson of the founders of Mars Inc.—the American candy company.

Mars Chocolate M&M Factory, New Jersey - 2009J. Stephen Conn, Flickr

Phil Knight

Net Worth: Approx. $45 Billion
Source of Wealth: Nike Inc.

Phil Knight is 86 years old and he is an American billionaire business magnate who is the co-founder and chairman of Nike, Inc., a global sports equipment and apparel company.

He is also the owner of the stop motion film production company Laika.

Jaqua student athlete center - 2011drburtoni, Flickr

Mackenzie Scott

Net Worth: Approx. $41 Billion
Source of Wealth: Amazon

Mackenzie Scott is 53 years old and she is an American novelist and philanthropist. She owns 4% stake in Amazon, the company her ex-husband, Jeff Bezos, founded.

She is the third wealthiest woman in the US, and was named the world's most powerful woman by Forbes in 2021.

MacKenzie Bezos arrive for the Axel Springer award ceremony - 2018picture alliance, Getty Images

Ken Griffin

Net Worth: Approx. $37 Billion
Source of Wealth: Citadel LLC

Ken Griffin is 55 years old and he is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder, chief executive officer, co-chief investment officer, and 80% owner of Citadel LLC, a multinational hedge fund.

He also owns Citadel Securities, one of the largest market makers in the U.S.

Ken Griffin participates in a panel discussion - 2019Michael Kovac, Getty Images

Stephen Schwarzman

Net Worth: Approx. $36 Billion
Source of Wealth: Blackstone Group

Stephen Schwarzman is 77 years old and he is an American billionaire businessman. He is the chairman and CEO of the Blackstone Group, a global private equity firm.

Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Blackstone, USA - 2018World Economic Forum, Flickr

Miriam Adelson

Net Worth: Approx. $33 Billion
Source of Wealth: Las Vegas Sands

Miriam Adelson is 78 years old and she is an American and Israeli physician, philanthropist and political donor. She inherited her late husband’s company, Las Vegas Sands—a casino and resort—in 2021.

She is the fifth richest woman in the US, and the richest Israeli in the world.

Miriam Adelson reciben Woodrow Wilson Awards - 2008Union20, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Len Blavatnik

Net Worth: Approx. $32 Billion
Source of Wealth: Access Industries

Len Blavatnik is 66 years old and he is a Ukrainian-born British-American businessman and philanthropist.

He owns most of Warner Music Group and has stakes in several publicly traded assets via his privately held Access Industries Holdings.

Len Blavatnik arrives at the Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Celebration at Nomad Hotel Los Angeles - 2019Gregg DeGuire, Getty Images


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