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Five Indian-Americans In Forbes List Of US' Richest

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Five Indian-Americans, including Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and founder of IT major Syntel, Bharat Desai, have been named among the richest people in the US by Forbes, a list of 400 billionaires topped by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Gates, 56, whose net worth grew seven billion dollars from a year earlier to $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, also up $7 billion from last year, and Oracle Corp's Larry Ellison (No. 3) with $41 billion, up $8 billion -- and the biggest dollar gainer this year.
 
Desai with a net worth of $2 billion as of September 2012 has been ranked 239 in Forbes' annual list released on Wednesday. Desai, 59, started Syntel in 1980 with his wife while earning his MBA from the University of Michigan. An IIT Mumbai alumnus, Desai stepped down as chief executive of the firm in 2009 but remains chairman.
 
Founder and Chairman of the Symphony Technology Group, Romesh Wadhwani is ranked 250 with a net worth $1.9 billion. Google board member and shareholder Kavitark Ram Shriram occupies the 298th rank with a net worth of $1.6 billion. Manoj Bhargava, founder and CEO of the popular energy drink '5-hour energy' is ranked 311 and has a $1.5 billion net worth. He is followed by Khosla on the 328th rank and a $1.4 billion net worth  The net worth of the richest Americans grew by 13 per cent in the past year to $1.7 trillion, Forbes magazine said in a statement.
 
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and IIT Mumbai, Wadhwani, 65, developed business software firm Aspect Development which he sold in 2000 during the height of the tech bubble for $9.3 billion. A "notable" newcomer on the list, Bhargava, 59, is a Princeton University drop out who "chose one of the roads less traveled to the American Dream." 
 
(PTI)