Bill Gates tops Forbes annual US rich list

Gates top in US rich list, while Facebook's Zuckerberg sees fortune almost triple

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Bill Gates tops Forbes annual US rich list Bill Gates of Microsoft is the richest American for the 17th year running. (ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 23, 2010

Bill Gates has topped the annual Forbes list of the wealthiest Americans for the 17th year running.

While the Microsoft founder is no longer the wealthiest man in the world, having been beaten to the top slot by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, Gates fortune of $54 billion saw him lead the US list once again.

Gates is joined on the list by a number of other prominent IT leaders, including Larry Ellison, the US best-paid CEO, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Michael Dell and several others.

The biggest gain on the list this year was from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who saw his personal wealth triple to $6.9 billion, taking him into 35th place ahead of IT titans such as Steve Jobs and Google's Eric Schmidt.

See the gallery of the top 50 richest US IT leaders here.

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