10 people from Connecticut among the Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans

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Jeff Bezos seen on day two of Summit LA17 in Downtown Los Angeles’s Historic Broadway Theater District on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

For the first time since 1994, the Forbes 400 now has a new number one, while ten Connecticut residents also made this year’s rankings.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s Founder and CEO, overtook Bill Gates’ 24-year run on top of the leader board. Bezos had a record-breaking year, by earning a $78.5 billion gain, and being the first to enter the list at over $100 billion – with $160 billion, according to Forbes

This elite club has a hefty requirement for its members, with a minimum of $2.1 billion net worth and the average net worth rising to a record $7.2 billion. These new requirements kept 204 other billionaires off of the list. 

Here are the Top Ten: 

  1. Jeff Bezos – Amazon’s Founder and CEO
  2. Bill Gates – Microsoft 
  3. Warren Buffett – Berkshire Hathaway
  4. Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook
  5. Larry Ellison – software
  6. Larry Page – Google 
  7. Charles Koch – Koch Industries 
  8. David Koch – Koch Industries 
  9. Sergey Brin – Google 
  10. Michael Bloomberg – Bloomberg LP

Connecticut was well represented,, with 10 residents on the list from a multitude of professions.

25. Ray Dalio – hedge funds 

36. Steve Cohen – hedge funds 

133. Karen Pritzker – hotels, investments 

215. Clifford Asness- Investment Management 

239. Vincent McMahon -Entertainment 

302. Bradley Jacobs – logistics 

316. Stephen Mandel, Jr – hedge funds 

383. Alexandra Daitch – Cargill

383. Lucy Stitzer – Cargill

Honorable Mentions: 

You can see the entire list, as well as biographies of all 400 people on Forbes.com

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