Forbes Rich Folks List Now Includes Six Facebookers

Forbes Rich Folks List Now Includes Six Facebookers

The Forbes Rich List for 2011 is out, and not only has Carlos Slim retained his title as the world's richest person, he's extended his lead of his closest rivals. Once again in second place is former Microsoft CEO BIll Gates, and Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway is in third.

Carlos Slim easily holds the Forbes Rich List #1 slot with a personal value of $74 billion, which means he gained more than $20B year-over-year. Meanwhile, Gates and Buffett "only" have a meaguer $56B and $50B respectively.

nterestingly, thanks to a well-publicized influx of cash into Facebook by Goldman Sachs, there are now six Facebook-related billionaires on the Forbes Rich List. They include Eduardo Saverin whose travails with Zuckerberg Facebook provide much of the "drama" for the movie, "The Social Network."

Top of the Facebook list is Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and president at 52nd in the Forbes list, with a estimated fortune of $13.5B. Dustin Moskovitz, a co-founder is at $2.7B, Sean Parker is at $1.6B as is Saverin, Peter Thiel is a $1.5B and a Russian investor in the company, Yuri Milner is at $1B.

Regarding Saverin, Forbes said
"Shed no tears for Eduardo. If you do get to be thrown out, a billion dollars isn't a bad severance package."
Overall, Forbes says there are 1,210 billionaires in the world today, 214 more than last year. The U.S. has seen the number of American billionaires rise by 10 to 413, but in terms of percentage, it's dropped from 40 percent in 2010 to 34 percent in 2011. Ten years ago the U.S. had half of the world's billionaires.

The top 10 on the Forbes Rich List is below.
  1. Carlos Slim Helu, 71, telecommunications, $57 billion
  2. Bill Gates, 55, Microsoft, $54 billion
  3. Warren Buffett, 80, Berkshire Hathaway, $50 billion
  4. Bernard Arnault, 62, LVMH, $41 billion
  5. Larry Ellison, 66, Oracle, $39.5 billion
  6. Lakshmi Mittal, 60, steel, $31.1 billion
  7. Amancio Ortega, 74, Zara, $31 billion
  8. Eike Batista, 54, mining + oil, $30 billion
  9. Mukesh Ambani, 53, petrochemicals + oil, $27 billion
  10. Christy Walton, 56, Walmart, $26.5 billion
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facebook has made a lot of people rich, a lot more people are buying computers because they want to get on facebook.

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LLeCompte:
facebook has made a lot of people rich

It's a tribute to the Obsessive-Compulsive nature of people today. People are living vicariously through other people, and snooping into pictures and facts that the posters don't realize that they're sharing forever. They're willing to devote a major portion of their lives to doing it too.

Other people are putting their whole lives as an open book into the public venue, (for ever and ever I might add) all the while doing the most outlandish things, in the hopes of getting noticed and becoming the next big star!!

It sadly amounts to a collective 'numbing down' of our society,...and sadly, our future will have to cash the checks that we're writing today.

Think for a moment,.........if you give a laptop to a poor woman in Haiti or Africa and show either one of them Facebook, they'll walk away from it, or try to sell it to someone,.......because they have more important, pressing matters to deal with, like eating and finding clean water to drink.

Advertisers have discovered a gold mine in Facebook. They can advertise to millions of people for a lot less money than they pay for Magazine or Newspaper ads. They just open a Facebook page and somehow find a hook that will get people to talk about them to others. So they give away merchandise, and it works. Meanwhile those Newspapers and Magazines are scrambling to reinvent themselves before they go under,......awash in a sea of red ink.

So Yes, Facebook really has made a lot of people rich. But it carries with it some heavy costs that society never saw coming.

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