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The Next America - Economy 2012 / Economy

Diversity and the U.S. Billionaires on Forbes's List

Wearing Google Glass, the future looks bright for Sergey Brin, the Moscow-born cofounder of the tech giant whose $22.8 billion net worth makes him the world’s 21st richest person. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)()

photo of Jody Brannon
March 4, 2013

Forbes's annual list of the world’s richest people is out, and if you filter the 1,426 names for those in the U.S., you find some interesting numbers among the 36 individuals or families represented in the U.S. top 100.

  • 0 people of color.
  • 6 women.
  • 4 immigrants: Google cofounder Sergey Brin, born in Moscow, at No. 21; hedge-funder George Soros, a Hungarian native, at No. 30; diversified investor Len Blavatnik, born in Russia, at No. 44; and media titan Rupert Murdoch, born in Australia, at No. 91.

See also The Atlantic Wire’s summary of the billionaires list.

Correction: The heritage of the individuals born outside the U.S. has been clarified.

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