News of Interest: Billionaires Who Made The Biggest Financial Gains In 2013

Warren Buffett speaking to a group of students...

Warren Buffett speaking to a group of students from the Kansas University School of Business (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Warren Buffett made about US$37 million per day in 2013, according to calculations by Wealth-X, making him the billionaire who made the most money this year.

With a gain of US$12.7 billion in 2013, the legendary billionaire investor and notable philanthropist’s net worth at the end of the year stands at US$59.1 billion. That, however, does not make Buffett the wealthiest billionaire on the list. That title goes to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who added US$11.5 billion to his personal fortune in 2013, ending the year with assets totaling US$72.6 billion.

In number three spot on the list is American casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who raked in US$11.4 billion in 2013 from his gambling properties in Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore. His personal net worth is estimated to be more than US$35 billion.

The individuals on the top 10 list collectively gained $101.8 billion in 2013, an average gain of US$10.2 billion each. The combined wealth of the 10 individuals now totals US$347 billion, up from US$245 billion in January 2013.

On average, they made US$29 million per day in 2013, and increased their wealth by 41.6 percent, outperforming the 24 percent returns seen in the S&P 500 this year.

Below are the top 10 gainers of 2013:

Rank Name 2013 Gain* Net Worth

December 2013*

Net Worth

January 2013*

1 Warren Buffett 12.7 59.1 46.4
2 Bill Gates 11.5 72.6 61.1
3 Sheldon Adelson 11.4 35.3 23.9
4 Jeff Bezos 11.3 34.4 23.1
5 Mark Zuckerberg 10.5 24.7 14.2
6 Masayoshi Son 10.3 19.1 8.8
7 Sergey Brin 9.3 30.0 20.7
8 Larry Page 9.3 29.9 20.6
9 Lui Chee Woo 8.3 19.6 11.3
10 Carl Icahn 7.2 22.1 14.9

* All figures in US$ billion

From: Wealth-X

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