#2 Bill Gates
- Real Time Net Worth
- $79.7 Billion
- Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Age: 58
- Source Of Wealth: Microsoft, Self MadeAmerica’s richest man, Bill Gates, is using his billions to effect major social change around the globe. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given away $30 billion since 2000, a fortune that on its own would be the 16th largest in America. Smallpox has disappeared, polio is nearly gone too, and the American education system has gotten an overhaul. Gates is not the only one responsible for the changes, but none of them would have happened without the help of the biggest philanthropist in world history.