Forbes 400

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The Forbes 400 or 400 Richest Americans is a list published by Forbes magazine of the wealthiest 400 American citizens who own assets in the U.S., ranked by net worth.wikipedia
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The Forbes 400 or 400 Richest Americans is a list published by Forbes magazine of the wealthiest 400 American citizens who own assets in the U.S., ranked by net worth.
The magazine is well known for its lists and rankings, including of the richest Americans (the Forbes 400), of the world's top companies (the Forbes Global 2000), and The World's Billionaires.

Donald Trump

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In April 2018, an ex-Forbes reporter Jonathan Greenberg alleged that Donald Trump had inflated his actual wealth in order to be included on the Forbes 400 listing.
Journalist Jonathan Greenberg reported in April 2018 that Trump, using a pseudonym "John Barron", called him in 1984 to falsely assert that he owned "in excess of ninety percent" of the Trump family's business, in an effort to secure a higher ranking on the Forbes 400 list of wealthy Americans.

Pseudonyms of Donald Trump

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Greenberg provided original audio recordings of his 1984 exchange with "John Barron", one of the pseudonyms of Donald Trump, and eventually included Trump at the end of the Forbes 400 list at $100 million, one fifth of the $500 million which "Barron" was claiming as Donald Trump's net worth.
In May 1984, "Barron" lied to then-Forbes reporter Jonathan Greenberg about Trump's wealth and assets to get Trump on the Forbes 400 list.

Inheritance

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Inherited wealth may help explain why many Americans who have become rich may have had a "substantial head start".
In September 2012, according to the Institute for Policy Studies, "over 60 percent" of the Forbes richest 400 Americans "grew up in substantial privilege", and often (but not always) received substantial inheritances.

Bill Gates

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Four of the top five richest people in the United States in 2006 were college dropouts: Bill Gates, Sheldon Adelson, Larry Ellison, and Paul Allen.

List of Americans by net worth

List of members of the Forbes 400
Notably, the Forbes 400 Richest Americans list is published annually since 1982.

Oprah Winfrey

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In 2017, just two African Americans made the Forbes 400: media proprietor Oprah Winfrey and tech investor Robert Smith; only five members of the Forbes 400 have Latino backgrounds.
At the age of 41, Winfrey had a net worth of $340 million and replaced Bill Cosby as the only African American on the Forbes 400.

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The Forbes 400 or 400 Richest Americans is a list published by Forbes magazine of the wealthiest 400 American citizens who own assets in the U.S., ranked by net worth.

Net worth

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The Forbes 400 or 400 Richest Americans is a list published by Forbes magazine of the wealthiest 400 American citizens who own assets in the U.S., ranked by net worth.

Malcolm Forbes

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The 400 was started by Malcolm Forbes in 1982 and the list is published annually around September.

Institute for Policy Studies

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In September 2012, according to the Institute for Policy Studies, "over 60 percent" of the Forbes richest 400 Americans "grew up in substantial privilege".

New York (state)

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The state of New York had the most representation on the list with 77 members followed by California with 48.

California

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The state of New York had the most representation on the list with 77 members followed by California with 48.

Sheldon Adelson

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Four of the top five richest people in the United States in 2006 were college dropouts: Bill Gates, Sheldon Adelson, Larry Ellison, and Paul Allen.

Larry Ellison

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Four of the top five richest people in the United States in 2006 were college dropouts: Bill Gates, Sheldon Adelson, Larry Ellison, and Paul Allen.

Paul Allen

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Four of the top five richest people in the United States in 2006 were college dropouts: Bill Gates, Sheldon Adelson, Larry Ellison, and Paul Allen.

Trivers–Willard hypothesis

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A few articles draw on data of the Forbes 400 to test an evolutionary hypothesis referred to as the Trivers–Willard hypothesis.

Business Insider

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In 2010, a Business Insider ethnic-demographic breakdown of the Forbes 400 richest Americans found 3 gay people, 4 Indians, 6 (non-Indian) Asians, and 34 women on the list.

Indian Americans

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In 2010, a Business Insider ethnic-demographic breakdown of the Forbes 400 richest Americans found 3 gay people, 4 Indians, 6 (non-Indian) Asians, and 34 women on the list.

Asian Americans

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In 2010, a Business Insider ethnic-demographic breakdown of the Forbes 400 richest Americans found 3 gay people, 4 Indians, 6 (non-Indian) Asians, and 34 women on the list.

American Jews

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Additionally, American Jews made up as many as 30% of the richest 100, and (at least, in 2009) 139 of the Forbes 400.

African Americans

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In 2017, just two African Americans made the Forbes 400: media proprietor Oprah Winfrey and tech investor Robert Smith; only five members of the Forbes 400 have Latino backgrounds.

Media proprietor

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In 2017, just two African Americans made the Forbes 400: media proprietor Oprah Winfrey and tech investor Robert Smith; only five members of the Forbes 400 have Latino backgrounds.

Robert F. Smith (investor)

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In 2017, just two African Americans made the Forbes 400: media proprietor Oprah Winfrey and tech investor Robert Smith; only five members of the Forbes 400 have Latino backgrounds.