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In pictures: The 10 richest Americans from 2012

The top 10 from the Forbes 400: The richest people in the United States

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, 56, topped Forbes’ annual list of the U.S. uber-elite for the 19th year in a row with $66-billion (U.S.), up $7-billion from a year earlier.

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Warren Buffett, 82, sings with University of Nebraska cheerleaders during the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting in Omaha, in this May 5, 2012, file photo. Mr. Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, stood second on Forbes’ annual list of with a wealth of $46-billion.

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison delivers the keynote address at the 29th Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco in this Oct. 2, 2011, file photo. Mr. Ellison, 68, was third on Forbes’ annual list with a wealth of $41-billion.

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Charles G. Koch, 72, chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries Inc., is shown at the Koch building in Wichita, Kan., in a 2007 file photo. He is No. 4 on the list, with a wealth of $31-billion.

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David Koch, 72 (seen in a 1999 photo with his wife Julia), is fifth on the list, with $31-billion.

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Christy Walton, 57, and her family are in sixth spot, with wealth of $27.9-billion. Ms. Walton lives in Jackson, Wyo. She inherited her wealth when husband John Walton died in an airplane crash in 2005.

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Jim Walton and Alice Walton are seventh and eighth on Forbes’ annual list of the richest Americans, with wealth totals of $26.8-billion and $26.3-billion respectively. Mr. Walton, 64, is chairman and CEO of Arvest Bank Group, Inc., and lives in Bentonville, Ark. Ms. Walton, 62, is chairman of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and lives in Fort Worth, Tex.

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S. Robson Walton, 68, chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, is No. 9, with $26.1 billion. He lives in Bentonville, Ark.

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 70, stood tenth on Forbes’ annual list with a wealth of $25-billion.

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