I remember when, just about a decade ago, I received my first "grown up" paycheck from a crappy marketing assistant gig I was working as and thinking that I was the richest person on the planet. Somehow, that $2,200/month job finally gave me the chance to get my own place, buy a crappy car and do almost anything I wanted to during every night of the week.
And while my career and paychecks have continued to rise since then, I'm still not even close to the level of the people who made Forbes Magazine's list of the 400 richest people in the United States, as the last person on the list, Gail Miller, still carries a net worth of $1.7 billion. Not too shabby.
But, since we should all have goals in life, here are the top-10 from that list from Forbes (in descending order):
10. Sergey Brin - $37.5 Billion (Source of Wealth: Google)
9. Larry Page - $38.5 Billion (Source of Wealth: Google)
7. (tie) David Koch - $42 Billion (Source of Wealth: Diversified)
7. (tie) Charles Koch - $42 Billion (Source of Wealth: Diversified)
6. Michael Bloomberg - $45 Billion (Source of Wealth: Bloomberg LP)
5. Larry Ellison - $49.3 Billion (Source of Wealth: Oracle)
4. Mark Zuckerberg - $55.5 Billion (Source of Wealth: Facebook)
3. Warren Buffett - $65.5 Billion (Source of Wealth: Berkshire Hathaway)
2. Jeff Bezos - $67 Billion (Source of Wealth: Amazon.com)
1. Bill Gates - $81 Billion (Source of Wealth: Microsoft)
Oh, and if you're wondering where President-elect Donald Trump ranks, he's tied with a slew of others at No. 156, with a net worth of $3.7 billion. Talk about winning at life, huh?
Money might not be able to buy happiness, but there isn't a single person out there who wouldn't trade spots with any one of these people in a heartbeat. See the full list from Forbes on their website.
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