Can you get rich from the stocks behind the five richest Americans?

Each year, Forbes publishes a list of the 400 wealthiest Americans. The list features an exclusive group, and this year the bare minimum to make the list was up 18% to $2 billion.

The names at the top of the list are fairly predictable, and are all people that have managed to build some of the most influential businesses in the nation.

A few of the names at the top of the list have been around for decades, while others are fairly new to their top spots, and have ascended as their technology companies have reshaped the world as we know it.

The list has net worth that ranges from $59 billion all the way up to $89 billion.

Becoming one of the richest people in the United States, not to mention the world, is no easy task, so these people have proven razor sharp business savvy, and the ability to help their companies navigate the ever-changing economic landscape.

So, who are these richest Americans, and what companies helped drive their massive fortunes? We want to take a look at the top five names in this year’s list of richest Americans, and take a quick snapshot of the companies that brought them so much success.

Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes is a financial writer who has been with the Fresh Brewed Media family since 2004. Over the course of his tenure with Fresh Brewed Media, he has worn many hats, including portfolio manager, options analyst, and writer. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Accounting and got his start in finance working as a stock trader for six years at Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Va.

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