Bill Gates remains world's richest person: Money not coming primarily from Microsoft

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Bill Gates remains the richest person in the world, but he is no longer gaining the bulk of his money from Microsoft. The American businessman and Microsoft co-founder topped the Forbes 400, which he has consistently ranked on throughout his career. Gates remains the world's richest American for the 20th year in a row.

According to Forbes, Microsoft only accounts for one-fifth of Gates' $72 billion worth. Instead, he made the majority of his money through his investment firm Cascade, which owns portions of businesses like Deere & Co., the Canadian National Railway and Mexican Coke bottler Femsa. Despite giving away a reported $28 billion to charities between the years 2007 and 2012, Gates managed to become $9.8 billion richer since the start of 2013, Bloomberg's Billionaire Index reports.

Taking the no. 2 spot on Forbes' list of the wealthiest Americans is Warren Buffett, who is worth $58.5 billion. Following behind him is Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who is worth $41 billion. The joint wealth of those on the Forbes 400 hit $2 trillion in 2013.

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