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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 8:25 a.m., Sunday, March 11, 2007

Forbes richest-people list includes Hawai'i resident

By Barbara Powell
Bloomberg News Service

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates maintained his rank as both the world's richest person and the richest American for the 13th consecutive year, according to Forbes magazine's annual list of billionaires.

Gates' worth increased 12 percent to $56 billion from $50 billion last year.

Warren Buffett, 75, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., was the second-richest man in the U.S. and the world again this year, according to Forbes. His net worth rose 23 percent to $52 billion from $42 billion in 2006.

Microsoft founder Paul Allen, chairman of Charter Communications Inc., dropped to fifth in the U.S. from third as his net worth fell to $18 billion from $22 billion.

Moving up two places to No. 3 in the U.S. was Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson, whose net worth doubled to $32 billion.

Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell dropped to 13th from fourth in the U.S. as his net worth fell to $15.8 billion from $17.1 billion.

Moving up two spots to No. 4 was Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison, whose net worth jumped 34 percent to $21.5 billion from $16 billion.

There are 415 billionaires from the U.S., worth a total of $1.36 trillion. Worldwide, there are a record 946 billionaires, 153 more than last year, worth $3.5 trillion, $900 billion more than in 2006.

A lone Hawai'i resident made the list, Barbara Cox Anthony, who came in at number 45 with an estimated worth of $12.6 billion derived from Cox Enterprises.