No surprise, the richest person in America is:

Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates, worth an estimated $81 Billion. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now the 11th richest person in the United States. His fortune soared to $34 billion, up $15 billion since last year.

On an annual basis, Forbes Magazine releases it's Top 400 "Richest People in the U.S." list

THE TOP 3

  • #1 Bill Gates $81.2 B  Age 58 Medina, WA Microsoft
  • #2 Warren Buffett $67.9 B Age 84 Omaha, NE Berkshire Hathaway
  • #3 Larry Ellison $48.2 B Age 70 Woodside, CA Oracle Corp

 

Illinois Residents on the Forbes 400 list include:

#89 - Ken Griffin; hedge funds        $5.5B
#104 - Sam Zell; real estate          $4.8B
#147 - J Christopher Reyes; food      $3.6B
#147 - Jude Reyes; food               $3.6B
#164 - J B Pritzker; hotels           $3.4B
#177 - Thomas Pritzker; hotels        $3.2B
#221 - Neil Bluhm; real estate        $2.8B
#256 - Gigi Pritzker; hotels          $2.5B
#257 - Penny Pritzker; hotels         $2.5B
#269 - Pat Ryan; insurance            $2.4B
#280 - Joseph Grendys; meat proc.     $2.3B
#285 - Ty Warner; toys; real estate   $2.3B
#290 - Josephine Louis; cleaning      $2.2B
#334 - Dean White; hotels             $1.96B  
#337 - Joe Mansueto; investment       $1.96B
#360 - Jennifer Pritzker; hotels      $1.79B
#367 - Mark Walter; finance           $1.75B
#399 - Eric Lefkofsky; Groupon        $1.5B