Missed the list again

Well, darn it, the Forbes list of the richest people in the world is out for this year and a quick glance shows that once again we’re not on it.

We have a neighbor that is, though. Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle and new owner of most of Lanai, is the fifth-richest person in the world with a net worth of $48 billion.

It’s good to see someone from the hood doing well.

According to The Associated Press story on the Forbes list, Bill Gates has clawed his way back to the top at $76 billion. For the last four years, Gates had trailed Mexico’s Carlos Slim Helu, who made his fortune in telecom.

Slim Helu has recently invested in some newspapers, including most notably The New York Times. That probably explains his slide. He’s down to a meager $72 billion.

Poor Warren Buffett – the Oracle of Omaha – is only fourth richest this year with a paltry $58 billion. Then comes Ellison.

Forbes says there are now 1,645 billionaires in the world, up from 1,426 last year. Their average net worth is $4.7 billion.

By the way, the biggest gain was posted by Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg. His net worth doubled to over $28 billion. Zuckerberg is 29 years old – the shoes we are wearing are 31.

The one bright spot from our perspective is that there were 268 new billionaires this year. So it is not a closed club.

We also noticed an obvious key to becoming superrich – try to work the word “Oracle” into your company’s name or your own nickname.

It worked for Ellison and Buffett.

It probably wouldn’t hurt to have a good idea or two, to boot. We’re still working on that.

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