10/18/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Forbes List: Bill Gates Richest Man In America For 15 Years In A Row

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the richest person in the United States for the 15th year in a row, but economic woes have claimed some members of Forbes magazine ranking of the 400 wealthiest Americans.

Dropouts this year include former American International Group chief executive Maurice Greenberg, and former eBay chief Meg Whitman, while among those on the list some 126 fortunes declined -- six times more than last year.

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