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Forbes releases a comprehensive list every year that identifies the richest people in the country. It's not surprising that Bill Gates consistently reaches the highest spot. The Microsoft Founder has a net worth of more than $70 billion. You might not be surprised when you come across Warren Buffet on the list either. Known for his company Berkshire Hathaway, Buffet is worth more than $60 million. While there are names and faces that you expect to see on these lists, you will likely come across a few names that you don't know too.

Larry Ellison

 Unless you are a tech fan, you might go through life without ever coming across the name Larry Ellison. Named the third richest person in the United States, Ellison was the founder of the technology company Oracle. Ellison also ranked highly on a list of the most powerful people in the world. While many people know that the tech guru attended the University of Chicago and later dropped out, not as many know that he also dropped out of the University of Illinois at Urbana. Ellison considers himself a self made man because he didn't have the family connections that others had. Forbes estimates his total net worth at more than $50 billion.

Christy and Alice Walton

 Sam Walton gained fame and fortune as the founder and owner of Walmart, which is the largest retail chain in the world. Members of his family later took over and operated the chain, but his descendants also work outside of the company too. Alice Walton is the chairman of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Christy Walton helps operate the Children's Scholarship Fund. The two women have a combined net worth of more than $60 billion, and others in the family are among the richest also.

 Kevin Plank

 Professional athletes, college students and players of all ages reach for Under Armour clothing before hitting the field or court. They owe the foundation of that company to entrepreneur Kevin Plank. Plank jumped nearly 200 spots on the list of richest people in America from Forbes in the course of a single year. The Maryland native saw his company's profits increase dramatically between 2013 and 2015, which led to Forbes estimating his net worth at around $3 billion dollars.

Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn ranks as one of the richest men in Las Vegas and in the world today. Experts estimate his net worth at more than $1 billion, which Wynn made from shrewd and savvy real estate investments. The real estate mogul owns multiple hotels and resorts in Vegas, and many credit him with helping rejuvenate the city during the modern era.
The richest people in America today include those who came from family money and those who made their fortunes without any help.