Legendary investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett has kept his place as the US's second wealthiest person according to Forbes magazine.
Buffett's personal wealth now stands at $45bn, up from $40bn in 2009 but still $9bn short of that amassed by Microsoft stalwart Bill Gates. Gates has now been named America's richest individual for 17 years in succession.
In 2008, Forbes named America's most beloved investor Buffett as the world's richest man. However, he had to settle for second place last year after losing $25bn in 12 months as shares in Berkshire Hathaway plumetted.
The rest of the Forbes Top Ten in the US also comprises the same names as in 2009, though not in the same order.
Larry Ellison, CEO of software firm Oracle Corporation, is again ranked at number three with a fortune of $27bn, while the number four, seven, eight and nine slots were all held by members of the Walton (Wal-Mart Stores) family, worth a combined $84bn.
Forbes Top Ten 2010
1 Bill Gates, $54bn, Microsoft
2 Warren Buffett, $45bn, Berkshire Hathaway
3 Larry Ellison, $27bn, Oracle
4 Christy Walton, $24bn, Walmart
5 Charles Koch, $21.5bn, manufacturing, energy
5 David Koch, $21.5bn, manufacturing, energy
7 Jim Walton, $20.1bn, Walmart
8 Alice Walton, $20bn, Walmart
9 S. Robson Walton, $19.7bn, Walmart
10 Michael Bloomberg, $18bn, Bloomberg
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