Forbes

THE FLUSH 400

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The thirty-ninth an­nual it­er­a­tion of The Forbes 400, our rank­ing of the rich­est peo­ple in Amer­ica, was the cen­ter­piece of our Oc­to­ber is­sue. Pan­demic be damned: The coun­try’s wealth­i­est gained an ag­gre­gate $240 bil­lion over the past year. The fa­mil­iars at the top—Be­zos, Gates, Zucker­berg, Buf­fett—were per­haps up­staged by the high­est-rank­ing new­comer, Eric Yuan (No. 43; $11 bil­lion), whose Zoom video-chat plat­form is the one in­dis­putable win­ner of 2020, en­abling class­rooms, reg­u­lar hel­los to Grandma and Fri­day cock­tails with friends. The ma­jor­ity of Forbes 400 mem­bers were as rich or richer than last year, but one no­table fig­ure was down: Don­ald J. Trump (No. 339; $2.5 bil­lion). Am­a­teur pun­dits pounced: “You’ve lost $600 mil­lion ac­cord­ing to Forbes,” crowed @Eric19755 on Twit­ter, “all be­cause of a pan­demic you could have pre­pared for & bet­ter re­sponded to.” A con­trar­ian cross­fire: “Even some­one who isn’t a Trump sup­porter should look at this as re­fresh­ing,” tweeted @ProudAmer­i­can82. “Trump has sac­ri­ficed it all for the Amer­i­can peo­ple.”

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