NEWS SUMMARY: Net worth of America's richest rises

AP News
Posted: Sep 16, 2013 11:13 AM

RICH GET RICHER: Forbes on Monday released its annual list of the top 400 richest Americans. Most of the top rankings didn't change, but the fortunes of the majority of the elite club's members grew, helped by strong stock and real estate markets.

HIGHEST TOTAL EVER: The people on the annual list posted a combined net worth of $2 trillion, up from $1.7 trillion a year ago. That marks their highest combined value ever.

STILL No. 1: Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates remains America's richest man, taking the top spot on the list for the 20th straight year with a net worth of $72 billion, up from $66 billion a year ago.