Bill Gates‘ net worth of $72B enabled him to claim the top spot on the Forbes tally for the 20th consecutive year — followed by Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett ($58.5B), Oracle’s Larry Ellison ($41B), and then Koch Industries’ Charles and David Koch ($36B). While Buffett fattened his holdings the most over the last year, adding $12.5B, the recovery in Facebook’s stock helped to boost Mark Zuckerberg‘s net worth by $9.6B to $19B lifting him 16 spots to No. 20. Once again, the list is heavy with names from the tech world — but at least 28 media execs had a net worth of at least $1.3B, the highest amount needed to qualify for the top 400 since 2008. Bloomberg LP founder Michael Bloomberg, who also happens to be mayor of New York, had $31B, putting him in 10th place, same as last year. Cox Communications’ Anne Cox Chambers, with $13.5B, was 29th (+3 on the list), narrowly beating Rupert Murdoch and family $13.4B (at No. 30, +6). Dish Network’s Charlie Ergen follows at $12.5B (No. 32, +7). Advance Publications’ Samuel Newhouse had $8.9B (No. 46, same as last year) ahead of brother Donald’s $8.2B (No. 52, -1). There’s a tie at No. 61 with the $6.7B net worth for Cox Enterprise’s Jim Kennedy (same rank as last year) and Liberty Media’s John Malone (he’s -4 spots on the list). Other media names include: David Geffen ($6B, No. 68, -11), Sumner Redstone ($5.8B, No. 71, +20), director George Lucas ($4.2B, No. 109, +11), Haim Saban ($3.4B, No. 143, -15), Cablevision’s Charles Dolan and family ($3.3B, No. 151, -19), director Steven Spielberg ($3.3B, No. 151, -26), former cable exec Amos Hostetter ($2.9B, No. 184, -14), and Oprah Winfrey ($2.9B, No. 184, -33). The top 400 had a collective net worth of $2.02T, which Forbes says is a record — and equal to the GDP of Russia. The average net worth also set a record: $5B, up $800M vs last year.
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