10 wealthiest Americans of 2013

It has taken only a decade for the collective net worth of the nation's 400 richest individuals to double, to $2.02 trillion. The group members' average net worth: $5 billion.

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Sep 16, 2013 10:01AM
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 you know, we still live in the greatest country in the world where we can all go from rags to riches. some make it mega big and many despise that but on the other hand many make a really nice living coming from nothing. as long as these billionaires keep a quiet profile and use their wealth to help humanity I don't have a problem with them. now when bullies like Michel Bloomberg use their wealth to change the constitution and how he thinks all people should live, I have a problem with that.
Sep 16, 2013 9:58AM
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I'm disgusted, not jealous.
So many middle class people are struggling JUST to survive - working hard to pay the bills while in fear of losing our jobs.

As the wealth gap grows larger.

Where are the job creators?


Sep 16, 2013 9:40AM
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I didn't make the list yet again. Oh well. I will try and work smarter and harder with hopes we get on it next year.
Sep 16, 2013 9:45AM
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And we, the 99%, are supposed to be impressed?  Give me a break.  The working class in this country is being destroyed while these guys laugh all the way to the bank.  Welcome to the 1920s.
Sep 16, 2013 10:03AM
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For all those people who are pissed off that there are wealthy people in the world, practice what you preach and stop using their products. Start with Microsoft,Apple,and Walmart.
Sep 16, 2013 10:26AM
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how much money is to much?  the waltons take 4 of the 10 spots on top!?!  this is called greed.  while their employees struggle daily to put food on the table, the employees are told to sign up for medicaid, and food stamps.  are you  kidding me!  what a disgrace these people are to our society. 
Sep 16, 2013 10:21AM
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I hold no jealousy for anyone who is successful, I applaud them.  Having said that, with wealth does come responsibility.  Responsibility to those you employ, to the community that supports the successful businesses, etc.

With all this wealth the amount of American $$$ sent to off-shore accounts has extended beyond $21 trillion.  Yet we still have 12+ million American citizens UNemployed and the poor class is growing while the middle class is shrinking.

The uber wealthy successfully got it in all our heads that they are the job creators and that with their wealth, we will all be rewarded with the "trickle down".

There has been NO trickle down and there are NO jobs.  Seems to me that the more than $21 trillion could create enough jobs to employ the 12 million+ WANTING a job... and provide decent wages and benefits as well.

For all their intelligence and effort to become successful it seems they forgot one little thing.  With a large group of citizens in poverty and most of the middle class struggling, spending by consumers is down and will stay down.  If the trend continues, at some point, there will be NO consumer spending... and then what will the uber wealthy do when the rest of us have absolutely no money to spend to support their successful businesses?

And I'd like to ask them all a question:  Since our American economy grew, both for the wealthy and the rest of American citizens, when most of these corporations were still in their early years, all the while providing decent jobs, decent wages, decent benefits to ALL employees, and these corporations grew like wildfire both is size and profitability during this time.... why is it now that these same corporations who are now uber wealthy corporations  cannot extend those same decent jobs, decent wages and decent benefits?  It certainly can't because they fear not having profits... they had fantastic profits before.  I would really really like for just one of these corporations to provide a full answer, but I'm not expecting any of them to as there really is NO reason for it other than the simple one word answer "greed".
Sep 16, 2013 10:07AM
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A lot of sour grapes over the wealth of these people. What do some of you expect or want? Some people are either gifted or lucky or just fall into it. Good for them. All the rest of us can do is get up and go to work so we can enjoy the few things we can afford.

Maybe to some it doesn't seem fair (rolls eyes) but that is the way it is and always will be.
Sep 16, 2013 9:46AM
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Quote:
"The 400 wealthiest Americans are worth a record $2.02 trillion in 2013, roughly equivalent to the gross domestic product of Russia. That is a gain of $300 billion from a year ago, and more than double the collective net worth of the wealthiest 400 Americans a decade ago." - end quote

The rich get richer as the middle class continues to struggle.

Sep 16, 2013 10:00AM
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They would be a lot less rich if they had to pay ordinary taxes instead of the capital gains rate and didn't have other loopholes.
Sep 16, 2013 10:21AM
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In the interest of a "fair & balanced"..

 

I'd like to know who the ten (10) poorest Americans of 2013 are...

Sep 16, 2013 9:51AM
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Oh good! All the tax breaks for the wealthy are still working.
Sep 16, 2013 9:40AM
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4 Waltons and 2 Kochs....no surprise.
Sep 16, 2013 10:12AM
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How's that trickle down working?  For some people no dollar amount is enough.  Self made millionaires DID NOT get there by themselves.  What about all the people who work for these millionaires/billionaires?  These are the people doing the work.  The workers are the ones keeping these people rich.  I'm not saying the rich shouldn't get the lion's share, but dayum....  When is enough enough?  These millionaires/billionaires could give their employees a nice bonus or a good raise and wouldn't miss the money.  Our priorities are all jacked up...
Sep 16, 2013 10:20AM
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No. 10, fitting number for Bloomberg, since asian's refer to someone or something that is bad as "No. 10"...he's has NOT done anything worthwhile with his money except throw it around to garner influence...
Sep 16, 2013 9:54AM
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I guess the rich *ss actors and politicians are exempt.
Sep 16, 2013 10:35AM
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I have a few questions for all those who are hating the rich.  Should there be a limit on how much money someone can make?  If so, what should it be and who gets to set the amount?  And when a person reaches that limit why should he continue working at all and instead just divest or shut down all of his companies.  Also, how many of you are working for a poor person?  (Actually, all of us are by virtue of taxes and wealth redistribution).  Americans need to decide if they want capitalism or socialism.  In capitalism some people are going to get rich.  In socialism only a handful of people become rich and they all are part of the government, but at least the majority of us will be equal....equally poor.
Sep 16, 2013 10:48AM
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Come on people wake up.  The people on this list are not job creators they are job destroyers.  Their wealth is tied to stocks and investing.  They put pressure on companines to produce results.  These companies in turn cut jobs or move factories overseas to make the bottom line look better and raise the stock price.  Buying and selling stocks does not create jobs.  Could someone enlighten me on how they actually create jobs? And please don't give me they spend money spurring growth - hogwash.   They hoard it away.  Imagine what 2 trillion in average american hands would do to the economy.  It would be spent not stashed away in some overseas bank. 

Sep 16, 2013 9:58AM
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