Forbes is out today with its annual ranking of the world’s top billionaires, and Seattle tech titans are well represented yet again. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (net worth of $67 billion) finished in the second spot behind Mexican telecom, finance and retail investor Carlos Slim ($73 billion).
But the more interesting story continues to be the rise of Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. He ranked in the 19th slot this year with an estimated net worth of $25.2 billion. That was up from the 30th slot in 2012 when his net worth was estimated at $18.1 billion.
Bezos ranked just ahead of Google CEO Larry Page, which Forbes noted had a net worth of $23 billion.
The number of billionaires reached an all-time high in this year’s ranking, coming in at 1,426 individuals. Together, they had an aggregate net worth of $5.4 trillion, which was up from $4.6 trilion last year.
Retailer Bruce Nordstrom, which is attempting to take on Amazon.com in the digital realm, made the list this year with a net worth of $1.2 billion. So did Valve co-founder Gabe Newell who ranked 1,268 with an estimated net worth of $1.1 billion.
Here’s the full list.
And here’s a look at some of the top names from Washington state.