Forbes’ list of world’s richest people: Bill Gates not #1, Steve Jobs 189th with $5.4 billion

“After 13 years on top, Bill Gates is no longer the richest man in the world. That honor now belongs to his friend and sometimes bridge partner Warren Buffett,” Forbes reports in their annual list of The World’s Richest Billionaires.

“Riding the surging price of Berkshire Hathaway stock, Buffett has seen his fortune swell to an estimated $62 billion, up $10 billion from a year ago,” Forbes reports.

“Gates is now worth $58 billion and is ranked third richest in the world. He is up $2 billion from a year ago, but would have been as rich–or richer–than Buffett, had Microsoft not made an unsolicited bid for Yahoo! at the beginning of February. Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helú now ranks as the world’s second richest person with a net worth of $60 billion,” Forbes reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Apple CEO Steve Jobs is ranked 189th with $5.4 billion. One question: Why is only Steve Jobs’ bio sensationalized with Forbes taking as many cheap shots as possible? Go ahead look at some of the other bios (even Gates’) and compare them with Forbes’ take on Jobs.

Forbes’ description of Jobs, riddled with inaccuracies (NBC had nothing to do with Apple TV 1.0’s success or failure, is the sale of nearly 1 million Apple TV units sold in the first 11 months really a flop? Etc.), reads as follows:

Hailed as the “igod” on magazine cover for advent of iPhone—slickest, most-hyped gadget ever. Black-clad digi-god suddenly a Dark Angel falling to earth. His creation sells a million units in 10 weeks at $600; instant $200 price cut riles disciples. Then gets a Tinseltown takedown when he tries to muscle Hollywood as he did music biz; NBC Universal pulls shows from iTunes. Result: iFlop for Apple TV. New novel “Options” by “FakeSteve” (a FORBES writer) depicts him as narcissistic jerk. Adopted by working-class couple, dropped out of Reed College, starts Apple in proverbial garage. Fired 1985. Best revenge: One year later he buys Pixar graphics startup from Star Wars creator George Lucas for $10 million. Sells it to Disney 20 years later for $7.4 billion—thanks to heavenly hit list (Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles). In interim had second coming at Apple 1996. Now Mickey’s largest individual holder. Never mind the setbacks. Still coolest tech superstar ever.


  1. “most-hyped gadget ever”

    Putting aside the fact that almost every reviewer worth his salt has stated the iPhone lives up the hype, I think the “Clapper” was hyped more. Now, may the most talked about gadget…. yeah, that’s the ticket!

  2. I fail to see how relevant this article is anyway. I just don’t think Steve jobs is that bothered where he comes in the billionaire hit parade. He has said on occasion that his motivation is to make great products and that is exactly what Apple do. Pixar also make great animated feature films.

    Of course Jobs enjoys having money. It allows him to do what he wants to do outside of work but just accumulating wealth. What’s the point beyond having more than any one person needs anyway?

    If I had the money the top three have I don’t think I could blindly just hold on to it all when I could help realise important improvements to medical science or the way it could help a third world countries education and agriculture. I couldn’t just let it sit all useless in my bank account.

    I am sure SJ gives plenty away to charity from the interest he makes on his coffers. Only difference is he doesn’t make a big issue about his charitable concerns.

    Unlike some!

  3. Listen gang, money is nice, but really, look at my friend William… he really has no real friends but yet he is the third richest man!

    Money, wish we could just leave it behind, like we do with our copies of windows!


  4. Thumbs down: “Forbes taking as many cheap shots as possible…riddled with inaccuracies…is the sale of nearly 1 million Apple TV units sold in the first 11 months really a flop?”

    Good question. Here is the answer:

    “Here’s how I look at it. Everybody’s tried to make a great product for the living room. Microsoft’s tried, we’ve tried — everybody’s tried. And everybody’s failed. We failed, so far.” –SJ

    That’s from the other Forbes piece today that was “highly recommened” Thumbs up!

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