Forbes magazine released its annual list of the richest people in the country this week. The list of people include thirty-one men and one woman of the richest ranging in age, industry and upbringing by Forbes.
Some of the wealthiest individuals on the list revealed that they inherited their fortunes from old family businesses, like Dirk Ziff, who went on to form his company with his two brothers, or Bill Wrigley, Jr. of the chewing gum empire.
Others were self-starters on the list: Albert Ueltschi learned how to fly at 16, became a pilot, and created his own aviation company. All of them, however, benefit from Florida’s lack of income tax.
By the way, should you come into possession of billions of dollars, the new thing to do is buy a sports team. Case in point: Micky Arison, the richest Floridian thanks to Carnival Cruise Lines, owns the World Champions Miami Heat, and at least four other current and former team owners pepper the list.
The top 400 Forbes list combined net worth increased 13 percent since last year. Top of the list contained the names of people such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison, the Koch brothers and the children of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton.
It was reported by NPR that Google is expected to trump Facebook in digital ad revenues this year and the list so happens to reveal that bad news for Mark Zuckerberg.
However, since when has Facebook ever earned more in ad revenue than Google? Never, and Facebook’s ad revenue only started picking up in 2010. It is good news to report that social media website’s revenue is growing.
The Facebook CEO was the 14th wealthiest American last year in Forbes, but Facebook’s falling stock price has dragged Zuckerberg’s net worth down to a mere $9.4 billion, making him only the 36th-richest American.