Two billion bucks isn’t what it used to be. It’s not enough to qualify for The Forbes 400, for one thing. Our 38th annual tally of America’s wealthiest people counted a record 221 billionair­es (including boldface names Michael Jordan, Kylie Jenner and Jay-Z) who aren’t rich enough to earn admission to the club. (The cutoff: $2.1 billion.) Members’ average fortune was $7.4 billion, up $200 million from a year ago. An election is coming, and so is the inevitable backlash. Tweeted Americans for Tax Fairness, “If the staggering gap between the rich and the rest of us, as so perfectly illustrate­d by The Forbes 400, isn’t a reason to begin a #WealthTax in this country, we don’t know what is.” Taking the opposite view was Kendell Angeleson LinkedIn: “#Forbes400 is a true inspiratio­n, a collection of Americans we should all strive to be like.”

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