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From the First Forbes Rich List to the Last

America’s super rich today actually hold more wealth than their counterparts back in 1918, the year Forbes first took a stab at identifying the nation’s grandest fortunes. In short, thanks to the Kochs, Waltons, and friends, our new Gilded Age has officially begun.

The New Forbes 400 — and Their $1.5 Trillion

How swell a year have America’s 400 richest enjoyed over the past 12 months? This good: Google billionaires Sergey Brin and Larry Page each saw their personal fortunes jump by $1.7 billion over the year — and each has slipped five slots in the latest edition of the Forbes 400.