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Steve Jobs Ranked 43rd on Forbes 400 List of Richest Americans

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In its annual list of wealthiest Americans known as the Forbes 400, Forbes magazine has ranked Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 43rd place with a net worth of approximately $5.1 billion. Despite a decline in net worth of approximately $600 million, Jobs moved up from last year's 61st spot to claim his highest ranking yet, topping his 49th place showing in 2007.

The report notes as Jobs' best investment his purchase of Pixar from George Lucas in 1986 for $10 million. With Disney's acquisition of Pixar in 2006, Jobs became the largest individual Disney stockholder with a stake currently worth $3.9 billion.

Jobs' $5.1 billion net worth marks a significant turnaround from just six months ago, when Jobs checked in as the 178th wealthiest person in the world with an estimated net worth of only $3.4 billion. Since that time, Disney's stock price has risen nearly 90% while Apple's has more than doubled, generating significant gains for Jobs.

Jobs has famously received only a $1 annual salary from Apple for over a decade, although he has received stock options and other benefits from the company, including a private jet for which he receives financial compensation when used for company business.

Despite a decline of $7 billion from last year's survey, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates remains at the top of the list for the 16th consecutive year with a net worth of approximately $50 billion.

Article Link: Steve Jobs Ranked 43rd on Forbes 400 List of Richest Americans
 

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LanPhantom

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Go Bill Go

50 billion huh? And yet his company still continues to turn out some of the crappiest software available. M$ is the McDonalds of the computer world, with one exception, their stuff ain't that cheap.

LanPhantom
 
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JackieTreehorn

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Apparently, there is a trade-off between financial wealth and OS usability. It's best SJ stays where he is. I'd rather not have him develop software like the one Rain Man Gates markets.
 
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Droid13

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Exactly

ONLY $3.4 Billion? How does that make an ONLY?

Still, now that the company is making enough money to have enough stock options to make certain people really well off, maybe us users will start to see better value for money?

Or am I just being silly?
 
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Buzz Bumble

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50 billion huh? And yet his company still continues to turn out some of the crappiest software available. M$ is the McDonalds of the computer world, with one exception, their stuff ain't that cheap.

Bill Gates is a nothing and never was. He and Microsoft have never actually designed or written a piece of software themselves. Even back in the original days they bought DOS from someone else, and have continued to buy out or steal software from other companies to this day. They sole claim to fame is being in the right place at the right time ... and we're still suffering the consequences of those bad decisions by managers who didn't have a clue. :(
 
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sarahbau

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Geez. It's crazy to think that 1,000,000 people could divide Bill Gates's net worth and live rather well for a full year. Or, that it would take the average American over 1,000,000 years to earn what Bill Gates has (and that's just earning, not saving. Most of what most people make gets spent).
 
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garty

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A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money.
 
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GoodWatch

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Bill Gates is a nothing and never was. He and Microsoft have never actually designed or written a piece of software themselves. Even back in the original days they bought DOS from someone else, and have continued to buy out or steal software from other companies to this day. They sole claim to fame is being in the right place at the right time ... and we're still suffering the consequences of those bad decisions by managers who didn't have a clue. :(

You are so right, the foundation of OS X is much more original.... ;)
 
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Mintin8

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I think you guys have to think about all the money gates has put into charity. I'm talking about lots of money here.

When do you hear about Steve Jobs participating in charity work etc.
 
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akm3

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SJ will soon surpass Gates..

I am an Apple fanboy but this made me LOL. The only way that would be possible is if Gates kicked the bucket and his money went to the B&MGFoundation so it wasn't 'his' anymore.
 
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SolRayz

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50 billion huh? And yet his company still continues to turn out some of the crappiest software available. M$ is the McDonalds of the computer world, with one exception, their stuff ain't that cheap.

LanPhantom

Seeing Bill Gates off the charts makes me want to throw up. I think about him and what I'd like to do to him everyday at work in front of my windows xp sheitbox. I swear my work productivity is seriously hampered by this crap operating system.:mad:

Oh and good for SJ as he deserves every cent. :p
 
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akm3

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I think you guys have to think about all the money gates has put into charity. I'm talking about lots of money here.

When do you hear about Steve Jobs participating in charity work etc.

There are people who do charity work to do the charity work, and those who do the charity work to brag about how much they care. (And then there are people who say 'psshhh charity work? hell no')

Which one do you think Steve fits in? (I vote category 3)
 
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akm3

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ONLY $3.4 Billion? How does that make an ONLY?

Still, now that the company is making enough money to have enough stock options to make certain people really well off, maybe us users will start to see better value for money?

Or am I just being silly?

We see tremendous value for our money. Being premium priced is part of being a premium brand. You may or not may not believe this, but if Apple started matching every POS Dell prices, it would drive Apple's core fanbase away not increase it.
 
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tjcampbell

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I think you guys have to think about all the money gates has put into charity. I'm talking about lots of money here.

When do you hear about Steve Jobs participating in charity work etc.

Bill Gates actually stepped down at Microsoft so he could focus on his charity, where as Steve is in some bomb shelter at infinite loop overseeing the mysterious tablet... I'm just saying...
 
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immortalix

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Bill Gates is a nothing and never was. He and Microsoft have never actually designed or written a piece of software themselves. Even back in the original days they bought DOS from someone else, and have continued to buy out or steal software from other companies to this day. They sole claim to fame is being in the right place at the right time ... and we're still suffering the consequences of those bad decisions by managers who didn't have a clue. :(

How else are you supposed to get rich? I don't suppose being at the wrong place at the right time or being at the wrong place, right time or the wrong place, wrong time will get you rich. And who is suffering?
 
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