Picture: Jeff Bezos. (Twitter).

CAPE TOWN - It was another record year for the wealthiest people in America, as the price of admission to the country's most exclusive club of The Forbes 400 list of richest Americans jumped nearly 18%. We take a look at the top 15 wealthiest Americans on this list. 

The minimum net worth to make The Forbes 400 list of richest Americans is now a record $2 billion, up from $1.7 billion a year ago. The group's total net worth climbed to $2.7 trillion, up from $2.4 trillion. The average net worth rose to $6 billion. 

1. Bill Gates

         Picture: Bill Gates. (Twitter). 

Net worth: $89 billion, up $8 billion 

How I made bank: Co-founder of Microsoft Corporation 


2. Jeff Bezos 


Picture: Jeff Bezos. (Twitter).

Net worth: $81.5 billion, $14.5 billion 

How I made bank: CEO of Amazon.com 


3. Warren Buffet


Picture: Warren Buffett. (Twitter).

Net worth: $78 billion, up $12.5 billion 

How I made bank: CEO of Berkshire Hathaway - a hedge funding company 


4. Mark Zuckerberg 


File image: Mark Zuckerberg. IOL.


Net worth: $71 billion, up $15.5 billion 

How I made bank: Founder of Facebook 


5. Larry Ellison


Picture: Larry Ellison. (Bloomberg).

Net worth: $59 billion, up $9.7 billion

How I made bank: Founder of Oracle Corporation 


6. Charles Koch


Picture: Charles Koch. (Bloomberg).

Net worth: $48.5 billion, up

How I made bank: CEO of Koch Industries 


7. David Koch


Picture: David Koch. (Bloomberg).

Net worth: $48.5 billion, up $6.5

How I made bank: Executive vice president of Koch Industries


8. Michael Bloomberg


Picture: Michael Bloomberg. (Bloomberg).

Net worth: $46.8 billion, up $1.8 billion

How I made bank: Founder of Bloomberg L.P


9. Larry Page


Picture: Larry Page. (Reuters).

Net worth: $44.6 billion, up $6.1 billion 

How I made bank: Co-founder of Google


10. Sergey Brin


Picture: Sergey Brin. (Bloomberg).

Net worth: $43.4 billion, up $5.9 billion 

How I made bank: Co-founder of Google


11. Jim Walton


Picture: Jim Walton (Independent UK).

Net worth: $38.4 billion, up $2.8 billion 

How I made bank: Founder of Walmart


12. S.Robson Walton


File image: Walmart. IOL.

Net worth: $38.3 billion, up $2.8 billion

How I made bank: Founder of Walmart


13. Alice Walton


Picture: Alice Walton. (Bloomberg).

Net worth: $38.2 billion, up $2.8 billion

How I made bank: Heiress of Wal-Mart Stores


14. Sheldon Adelson


Picture: Sheldon Adelson. (Bloomberg).

Net worth: $35.4 billion, up $3.6 billion

How I made bank: CEO Las Vegas Sands Corporation


15. Steve Ballmer 


Picture: Steve Ballmer. (Bloomberg).

Net worth: $33.6 billion, up $6.1 billion             

How I made Bank: CEO of Microsoft

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