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John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller in 1885

QUESTION:

On this date in history, September 29, 1916, John D. Rockefeller became the first man to achieve a personal wealth of one billion dollars.  Of course, a billion dollars isn’t what it used to be.  According to Forbes, as of March 2011, how many Americans have a net wealth of at least one billion dollars?

ANSWER:

412

EXPLANATION:

The economy may be bad, but there are more billionaires than ever before. In the last year, China doubled its number of billionaires.  Moscow now has more billionaires than any other city.  Worldwide, there are 1,210 billionaires with a combined worth of $4.5 trillion.  The world’s richest man is Carlos Slim of Mexico with a worth of $74 billion.  Number two is the U.S. richest man Bill Gates with a net worth of  $56 billion.

Bill is far from alone.  Altogether, there are 412 people in the United States with a net worth of at least one billion dollars.

NET CHECK IN’s

Tonight, we had a total of 37 people check into the net and no one got the correct answer.  But, for coming closest to the correct answer without going over (we play by Price Is Right rules) Congratulations to:

  • KD6NIW – Oliver

who said 410.  Runners up tonight were KK6LP, Jeff who said 409 and KD6JEV, John who said 413.

A big thank you to all who participated in tonight’s net.

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