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by Amanda N. Ross Photographed by Henry Kissinger, Jamie Niven
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This time of year brings with it a slew of institutions that are both inevitable and highly anticipated. The return of pumpkin-everything, Fashion Month, and the announcement of the Forbes list of the 400 Richest Americans. New York, as always, retains its lofty perch as home to a lion’s share of the list-makers, boasting a whopping 70 billionaires within the city limits.

Of course, usual suspects Bill Gates and Warren Buffet top out at numbers one and two respectively, though they’re each down $5 billion from last year. Don’t weep for them just yet, though. Gates still commands a $72 billion fortune, and Warren $62 billion. The richest New Yorker on the list is, unsurprisingly, David Koch and his $41 billion, followed by former mayor Mike Bloomberg who clocked in at a healthy $38.6 billion. While they’re the richest New Yorkers by a long shot, they rank nationally at #5 and #8 respectively.

Also on the list are Avenue favorites Ralph Lauren ($6.2 billion),the Brothers Santo Domingo ($3.8 billion each), David Rockefeller ($3 billion), and Aerin Lauder ($1.8 billion).

The list’s most controversial subject was–surprise!–Donald Trump, who officially ranks as #25 in New York and #121 in the United States. Although his actual net worth of $4.5 billion is certainly nothing to sneeze at, The Donald has been notorious for misreporting his wealth for years. Forbes digs into the question of what Trump is really worth in a 15-page feature analyzing all of his avenues of income, settling the matter once and for all. As for Trump himself, he simply says, “I look better if I’m worth $10 billion than $4 billion.” If you say so!

The list saw 25 newcomers join their ranks (the official entry point is $1.7 billion, by the way) including a cohort of tech stars like Travis Kalanick of Uber (#80, $6 billion), Brian Chesky of Airbnb (#194, $3.3 billion), and Snapchat founder Evan Speigel who at 25 years old has $2.1 billion and Miranda Kerr. Some people have all the luck.

For the complete list and ranking details, check out Forbes.

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