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Bill Gates ranks at the top of the list of the world’s wealthiest billionaires. © CHARLES PLATIAU/Reuters/Corbis

America is the land of the self-made billionaire, with 14 claiming honors among the top 25 richest entrepreneurs in the world, and six landing within the top 10, according to Wealth-X.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is at the pinnacle, with an estimated net worth of nearly $86 billion. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is second, with an estimated fortune of $70 billion.

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Combined, the 14 Americans in the top 25 have a net worth greater than the GDP of Norway — at $514.2 billion — and technology rules the day.

Aside from Gates, familiar tech names such as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos are comfortably within the top 10.

Top 10 richest entrepreneurs

Rank Name Nationality Estimated net worth
1 William Gates III United States $85.7 billion
2 Warren Buffett United States $70.1 billion
3 Amancio Ortega Spain $65 billion
4 Lawrence Ellison United States $51.5 billion
5 Ingvar Kamprad Sweden $48.1 billion
6 Jeffrey Bezos United States $39.8 billion
7 Carlos Slim Mexico $35.4 billion
8 Mark Zuckerberg United States $35.3 billion
9 Wang Jianlin China $35.2 billion
10 Michael Bloomberg United States $33.7 billion

Source: Wealth-X

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