14. Steve ballmeR

Forbes - - FORBES 400 -

$42.3 bil­lion  Self-made Score: ^ Source: mi­crosoFt age: 62 reS­i­dence: hunts Point, Wa Phi­lan­throPy score:

Since re­tir­ing as CEO of Mi­crosoft in 2014, Ballmer has ramped up his phi­lan­thropy, writ­ing checks to his and his wife’s alma maters (Har­vard and Univer­sity of Ore­gon, re­spec­tively) and putting $1.9 bil­lion into a dono­rad­vised fund at Gold­man Sachs. He has also put to­gether a web­site called USAFacts.org for peo­ple to look up and un­der­stand where the govern­ment is spend­ing money. Ballmer, who met Bill Gates (No. 2) while they were class­mates at Har­vard and be­came Mi­crosoft’s 30th em­ployee, owes most of his for­tune to the soft­ware com­pany. He owns the NBA’s L.A. Clip­pers, which he bought for $2 bil­lion in 2014.

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