Check out the below list of Top 10 Richest US Citizens by 2017, The United States of America has always been a strong economic force in the world. Numerous companies from the country are well-renowned around the world. Especially, some of the finest entrepreneurs hail from the USA. Their firms have attained world-wide popularity and this has earned them a lot of fortune. In this list of the richest and richest US citizens, we mostly have entrepreneurs and industrialists of the country.
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Here is a list of the Top 10 Richest US Citizens
10. Sergey Brin- $37.5 billion
Sergey Brin is the richest immigrant in America. He was born in Russia and moved to America when at the age of six. When he was attending Stanford University for his PhD in Computer Science, he met Larry Page whom he co-founded Google with. The two stopped pursuing a PhD and started up Google in a garage by developing an algorithm which allows a search engine to be built. He is known for directing Google X and is currently serving as the president of Alphabet. His net worth exceeds $39 billion as of 2016.
9. Larry Page- $38.5 billion
Larry Page, a computer scientist, co-founded Google in 1998. Born in East Lansing, Michigan, US, Page has designed Google’s well-known search ranking algorithm, PageRank. The entrepreneur is the CEO of Alphabet Inc. which is Google’s parent company, as well as the CEO of PageRank. Google has been named as “the most influential company of the digital era” by Forbes. His net worth exceeds $40 billion. With Google.org, Page is actively involved in philanthropic works and promotes alternate energy investments. He owns a 193ft yacht ‘Senses’ that is worth about US$45 million. Self-driven cars and home automation have been extensively taken up by the Alphabet. It is said that his invention has changed the way of retrieving an information and thus, he is considered to be one of the most successful entrepreneurs in computer science.
8. David Koch- $42 billion
David Hamilton Koch is an American businessman, chemical engineer, philanthropist and a political activist. He studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is the vice president of Koch Industries. He owns 42 percent of the company alongside his brother. Koch is known for his Libertarian views and was the vice-presidential candidate in 1980. He and his brother also support reforming the prison system and have the view that the system targets low-income and minority groups to save on the public budget.
7. Charles Koch- $42.1 billion
Born in 1935, Charles de Ganahal Koch is an American businessman, philanthropist and a political donor. This businessman is the chief executive officer of Koch Industries which includes pollution control equipment and technology, polymers, fertilizers, and ranching. Some of the brands that the company produces are Stainmaster carpet, Quilted Northern tissue, and Dixie Cup. The company is the second largest company that is privately held according to revenue. Several of the honors that he has achieved are The Spirit of Justice Award and the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America. The net worth of Charles Koch is more than $42.1 billion.
6. Michael Bloomberg- $45 billion
This man is the 108th Mayor of the city of New York and is also a business magnate and philanthropist. He is the founder of Bloomberg L.P. which is a worldwide financial data and media company. The company started out when Bloomberg was laid off from his job at an investment bank of Wall Street. He used the money he received from his severance package to install terminals which provide information via technology. By 2015, the company had over 325,000 subscribers to these terminals, internationally. Michael Bloomberg’s net worth is over $45 billion.
5. Larry Ellison- $49.6 billion
A businessman, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, Larry Ellison is the founder of Oracle Corporation. During the 1970’s, Oracle was a database for the Central Intelligence Agency. Then, in 1982, Oracle Systems Corporation flourished after its flagship product, the Oracle database which competed with Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server. His salary is said to be about $63.6 million as of 2015. His net worth exceeds $51.6 billion. He has had a great success in yachting and he also owns two military jets. He is one amongst the Top 10 Richest US Citizens 2017.
4. Mark Zuckerberg- $55.5 billion
Zuckerberg is the CEO and co-founder of Facebook, the popular worldwide social networking website. He attended Harvard University which is also the site where his site was launched. His computer software writing began in middle school when his father taught him basic programming. He pursued psychology and computer science at Harvard. Zuckerberg is married to Priscilla Chan and they both have announced that they will be giving 99% of the Facebook shares they own to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. His net worth exceeds $55.3 billion.
3. Warren Buffett- $65.5 billion
This investor and philanthropist is the largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway. This company is a holder of GEICO, Dairy Queen, Fruit of the Loom, NetJets, and several other companies. He is known to be a successful investor and is sometimes called the “Oracle of Omaha”. He has pledged to give ninety nine percent of his wealth to philanthropic causes, mainly the Gates Foundation. His net worth is $66.4 billion.
2. Jeff Bezos- $67 billion
Jeff Bezos is the founder and chief executive officer of the website Amazon.com, and also the founder of Blue Origin which is an aerospace developer and manufacturer. This company plans to send a commercial suborbital human spaceflight starting in 2018. He attended Princeton University and graduated Summa cum laude, one of the high distinctions. Amazon was founded after he made business plans on a drive across the country in 1994. The shares that he personally owns have a market value of $62 billion.
1. Bill Gates- $81.7 billion
Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft which is the biggest PC software company internationally, and is also an investor, author, and philanthropist. He is known for his input in the revolution of the personal computer over the past couple decades. From 1995-2007 and from 2009-present, Gates has been and is the wealthiest person in the world. His net worth is about $81.7 billion. His philanthropy includes the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which was established in the year 2000 as well as various scientific research programs and charities. Bill Gates’ last full day of working at Microsoft was on June 27 of 2008, and the new CEO of Microsoft is Satya Nadella.
This was the list of the Top 10 Richest US citizens 2017. Many of them have also earned spots in the list of the Top 10 Richest People in the World. The hard work, vision and determination have paid-off to these individuals and the success stories of these successful businessmen are very inspiring too. It is remarkable that these individuals are very actively involved in various philanthropic works around the world.