Accumulating large amounts of wealth can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Some individuals acquire great wealth through online investing, options trading, or even online options trading. Others build international companies up from out of nothing. Still others inherit everything but manage to build on what was given to them and expand the family business. The richest individuals in America acquired their money in a variety of interesting ways. Now, they manage to hold onto that money, as well as build even more, through many different methods. According to Forbes, the following are the richest men and women in America. This list discusses something about each individual, how each one achieved his or her wealth, and some of the things these people have done with their massive amounts of wealth and status.
Gates is worth approximately $81 billion. At age 59, he currently resides in Medina, Washington. He achieved the bulk of his wealth through the company he founded, Microsoft. While Gates’ vast amount of money originated through Microsoft, he’s made a bulk of his fortune through diversified investments in recent years. Gates has an investment company called Cascade Investment LLC that was funded completely by Gates himself. There are many stock investment options he’s purchased lately. A few of the companies he’s added or bought stock in recently include Berkshire Hathaway, Liberty Global PLC, McDonald’s, and ExxonMobil. Some companies he’s either reduced stock in or sold out include Coca Cola, Thai Fund Inc., and Procter and Gamble. So while Microsoft may have put Gates on the map, not putting all of his eggs in one basket, so to speak, has exponentially increased his wealth through the years. He has also used his wealth by becoming one of the most generous philanthropists in history. One of the charitable donations Gates and his wife Melinda made recently was for $500 million to fight malaria as well as several other diseases.