Updated at 8:25 a.m., Sunday, March 11, 2007
Forbes richest-people list includes Hawai'i resident
By Barbara Powell
Bloomberg News Service
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.