Five Indian-Americans have been named among the richest people in the US by Forbes list of 400 billionaires for the year 2012.
The richest NRIs include Founder of IT major Syntel, Bharat Desai ($ 2 billion – Rank 239), Founder and Chairman of the Symphony Technology Group, Romesh Wadhwani ($1.9 billion – Rank 250), Google board member and shareholder Kavitark Ram Shriram ($1.6 billion – Rank 298), Founder and CEO of the popular energy drink 5-hour energy, Manoj Bhargava ($1.5 billion – Rank 311) and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, ($1.4 billion – Rank 328).
Bill Gates, with a net worth of $66 billion in 2012, topped the list for the 19th year in a row. He is followed by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Buffett (No 2) with $46 billion, and Oracle Corp’s Larry Ellison (No 3) with $41 billion.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been pushed down in the rankings to the no 36 spot with his estimated net worth falling by about $8 billion to $9.4 billion since Facebook went public in May.