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Revealed: Billionaires Who Made The Biggest Financial Gains in 2013

18 December 2013

New York, 18 December, 2013 – Warren Buffett made about US$37 million per day in 2013, according to calculations by Wealth-X, making him the billionaire who made the most money this year.

 

With a gain of US$12.7 billion in 2013, the legendary billionaire investor and notable philanthropist’s net worth at the end of the year stands at US$59.1 billion. That, however, does not make Buffett the wealthiest billionaire on the list. That title goes to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who added US$11.5 billion to his personal fortune in 2013, ending the year with assets totaling US$72.6 billion.

 

In number three spot on the list is American casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who raked in US$11.4 billion in 2013 from his gambling properties in Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore. His personal net worth is estimated to be more than US$35 billion.

 

The individuals on the top 10 list collectively gained $101.8 billion in 2013, an average gain of US$10.2 billion each. The combined wealth of the 10 individuals now totals US$347 billion, up from US$245 billion in January 2013.

 

On average, they made US$29 million per day in 2013, and increased their wealth by 41.6 percent, outperforming the 24 percent returns seen in the S&P 500 this year.

 

Below are the top 10 gainers of 2013:

 

Rank

Name

2013 Gain*

 

Net Worth December 2013*

Net Worth

January 2013*

1

Warren Buffett

12.7

59.1

46.4

2

Bill Gates

11.5

72.6

61.1

3

Sheldon Adelson

11.4

35.3

23.9

4

Jeff Bezos

11.3

34.4

23.1

5

Mark Zuckerberg

10.5

24.7

14.2

6

Masayoshi Son

10.3

19.1

8.8

7

Sergey Brin

9.3

30.0

20.7

8

Larry Page

9.3

29.9

20.6

9

Lui Chee Woo

8.3

19.6

11.3

10

Carl Icahn

7.2

22.1

14.9

 

* All figures in US$ billion

 

Editor’s Note: Valuations are for the period between 1 January to 11 December, 2013. The amounts gained per day are based on 345 days (from 1 January to 11 December, 2013).

 

To download the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2013, visit www.billionairecensus.com

 

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