Friday, March 10, 2006

Gates Still World's Richest Person

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, remains number one on the Forbes list of billionaires, the magazine announced Thursday, with an estimated fortune of $50 billion.

Gates holds $8 billion more than his bridge-playing buddy Warren Buffet, who took the second spot, and $28 billion more than his former partner, Paul Allen, who moved up a notch from number seven in 2004 to number six in 2005. Gates' estimated fortune also climbed in the last 12 months, up $3.5 billion over 2004's total.

Other notable technology names on the list include Michael Dell, chairman of his namesake Texas computer manufacturing firm (#12, up from #18, at $17.1 billion); Larry Ellison of Oracle (#15, $16 billion); and Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google (26 and 27, respectively, at $12.9 and $12.8 billion).

New to the technology billionaires' list in 2005 were Anurag Dikshit (#207, $3.3 billion), an Indian citizen now living in Gibraltar who owns a third of the Internet gambling company PartyGaming; Cher Wang and Wenchi Chen (#365, $2.1 billion), a Taiwanese husband-and-wife team that controls smart phone maker High Tech Computer; and NR Narayana Murthy (#645, $1.2 billion), co-founder of Infosys, India's second largest software outsourcer.

Forbes' complete list of billionaires can be found here.

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