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Mark Zuckerberg now richer than Steve Jobs

It’s no surprise that Bill Gates still reigns supreme on the Forbes 400 list of richest people in America. His estimated wealth valuation is $54 billion. In a not too distant second place, Warren Buffett came in with an estimated $45 billion. Rounding out the top three on this list of I-have-more-money-than-I-can-shake-a-fist-at was Oracle Founder, Larry Ellison, with $27 billion.

What is surprising is to see 26 year old Mark Zuckerberg, who didn’t even qualify as a billionaire last year, ranked higher than Steve Jobs.  Ranked at No. 35, Zuckerberg ($6.9 billion) meteoric rise is largely due to a $200 million infusion of cash in Facebook last year. Interestingly, Jobs’ (No. 42; $6.1 billion) net worth is not based on his success with Apple, but comes from his shares in Disney, which bought his Pixar animation studio in 2006 for $7.4 billion.

Zuckerberg does appear to be putting his massive wealth to good use, announcing today that he was donating $100 million to schools in Newark, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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