Mark Zuckerberg, who shot past Google co-founders Larry Page & Sergey Brin last year, has fallen 22 places to No. 36 on the Forbes 400 list of the Richest Americans. Facebook founder Zuckerberg saw his personal fortune shrink from $17.5 billion to $9.4 billion over a year plagued by his company’s problematic IPO.
Page and Brin tied again this year, at $20.3 billion apiece, making them the 13th wealthiest people in America. Last year, each had amassed $15 billion.
Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer came in slightly lower, with $15.9 billion and in 19th place. Ballmer’s position on the list hasn’t changed since last year, though his fortune this year increased over 2011’s $13.9 billion.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos fared even better than the Google duo, ranking 11th with $23.2 billion to his name.
Bill Gates topped the list for the 19th year running, increasing his personal wealth from $59 billion last year to $66 billion today.
Other familiar names on the list:
- 28 - Lauren Powell Jobs & Family, with $11 billion
- 45 - Google’s Eric Schmidt, with $7.5 billion
- 218 - Mark Benioff from Salesforce with $2.2 billion
- 229 - LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, with $2.1 billion
- 360 - Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, with $1.2 billion
According to Forbes, the average net worth of those on the Top 400 list is $4.2 billion, the highest ever recorded. The combined net worth of the 2012 class of the 400 richest Americans is $1.7 trillion, up from $1.5 trillion a year ago.
You may now return to crying into your Ramen noodles.