Mark Zuckerberg moves up Forbes' 'Rich List'
David Geffen, George Lucas also country’s top billionairesBill Gates is the richest person in the country with $54 billion. He’s got $41 billion more than Anne Cox Chambers, the richest person in media.
That’s the word from Forbes magazine and its Forbes 400 Richest People in America list, which was made public Wednesday.
The 90-year-old Cox Chambers inherited her $12.5 billion from her dad, James Cox, a schoolteacher turned newspaper reporter who bought the Dayton Evening News for $26,000 in 1898 and parlayed it into Cox Enterprises, which now includes the Cox Communications cable TV company.
Following Cox Chambers on the list of richest Americans who made their fortune in media are four people with $6.2 billion, the most notable being Australian-born Rupert Murdoch, founder, chairman and CEO of News Corp.
He’s tied with Jim Kennedy and Blair Parry-Okeden, two of James Cox’s grandchildren, and Samuel Newhouse, whose assets include portions of Advanced Publications, Conde Nast and Discovery Communications.
Rounding out the Top 10 in media are Charles Ergen of EchoStar/Dish Communications ($5.2 billion), David Geffen ($5.1 billion), Haim Saban of “Power Rangers” fame ($3.4 billion) and George Lucas ($3.25 billion).
Geffen is still well ahead of his DreamWorks partner Steven Spielberg, worth $3 billion and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who is not yet a billionaire, according to Forbes.
Paul Allen, an early DreamWorks backer who made his fortune co-founding Microsoft with Gates, is the 17th richest man in America with $12.7 billion.
Other media types making the list are Sumner Redstone ($2.8 billion), Oprah Winfrey ($2.7 billion), Ted Turner ($1.9 billion) and Barry Diller ($1.2 billion). Mark Cuban has got $2.5 billion and his movie-business partner Todd Wagner has $1.2 billion.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the 10th richest overall, but Forbes doesn’t categorize him under “media,” despite him earning his fortune, now estimated at $18 billion, as the founder of the financial news service that bears his name.
This year marks the first time that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is ranked higher than Apple founder and Pixar impresario Steve Jobs. The former is worth $6.9 billion and latter $6.1 billion.
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