Each year, Forbes publishes a list of the 400 wealthiest Americans. The list features an exclusive group, and this year the bare minimum to make the list was up 18% to $2 billion.
The names at the top of the list are fairly predictable, and are all people that have managed to build some of the most influential businesses in the nation.
A few of the names at the top of the list have been around for decades, while others are fairly new to their top spots, and have ascended as their technology companies have reshaped the world as we know it.
The list has net worth that ranges from $59 billion all the way up to $89 billion.
Becoming one of the richest people in the United States, not to mention the world, is no easy task, so these people have proven razor sharp business savvy, and the ability to help their companies navigate the ever-changing economic landscape.
So, who are these richest Americans, and what companies helped drive their massive fortunes? We want to take a look at the top five names in this year’s list of richest Americans, and take a quick snapshot of the companies that brought them so much success.