Seven Indian-Americans have figured in Forbes’ list of richest people in the United States, which was topped by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for the third year in a row.
Bezos, 56, who has a net worth of USD 179 billion is followed by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Cofounder Bill Gates in second on the 2020 Forbes list of 400 Richest People in America with a net worth of USD 111 billion.
The list has seven Indian-Americans - cybersecurity firm ZScaler CEO Jay Chaudhry, Founder and Chairman of Symphony Technology Group Romesh Wadhwani, cofounder and CEO of online home goods retailer Wayfair Niraj Shah, Silicon Valley venture capital firm Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla, Managing Partner of Sherpalo Ventures Kavitark Ram Shriram, Airline veteran Rakesh Gangwal and Workday CEO and Cofounder Aneel Bhusri.
Chaudhry, 61 is ranked 85th on the list with a net worth of USD 6.9 billion. Wadhwani, 73 has been ranked 238th on the list and has a net worth of USD 3.4 billion. On the 299th spot is Shah, 46, who has a net worth of USD 2.8 billion. Khosla, 65 is ranked 353rd with a net worth of USD 2.4 billion. On the 359th spot is Shriram, 63, who has a net worth of USD 2.3 billion. Gangwal, 67 is ranked 359th on the list and has a net worth of USD 2.3 billion. On the 359th spot is Bhusri with a net worth of USD 2.3 billion.
Rounding out the top five on the list are Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on the third spot with a net worth of USD 85 billion, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, ranked fourth and with a net worth of USD 73.5 billion and chairman, chief technology officer and cofounder of software giant Oracle Larry Ellison, ranked fifth with a new worth of USD 72 billion.
President Donald Trump is ranked 339th on the list with a net worth of USD 2.5 billion.
The richest people in the US saw their wealth swell despite the coronavirus pandemic’s devastated impact on the economy .
“Pandemic be damned: America’s 400 richest are worth a record USD 3.2 trillion, up USD 240 billion from a year ago, aided by a stock market that has defied the virus…Even in these trying times mega-fortunes are still being minted,” Forbes said.