Life is good for America's super wealthy.
Forbes has released its annual list of the top 400 richest Americans. While most of the top names and rankings didn't change from a year ago, the majority of the elite club's members saw their fortunes grow over the past year, helped by strong stock and real estate markets.
Thirty-three of the nation's richest billionaires are from Florida, with Micky Arison's $5.9B snagging the 70 th position.
Arison, 64, became wealthy as the CEO of Carnival Cruiselines, the company his father Ted Arison, founded. Two Tampa Bay area billionaires also made the list.
Edward DeBartolo Jr., 66, of Tampa ranked 209 with $2.6B in the investments industry Ronald Wanek of St. Petersburg ranked 314 with $1.8B in the furniture business. ( More details on Floridian billionaires here: http://wfts.tv/18vRqzk )
Forbes Senior Editor Kerry Dolan says, quote, "Basically, the mega rich are mega richer."
Dolan noted that list's minimum net income increased to a pre-financial crisis level of $1.3 billion, up from $1.1 billion in 2012, with 61 American billionaires not making the cut. She said that in some ways, it's harder to get on the list than it ever has been.
Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates remains America's richest man, taking the top spot on the list for the 20th straight year, with a net worth of $72 billion, up from $66 billion a year ago.
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