As we are coming to the end of another year, it’s time to rank the top ten biggest billionaire winners (and losers) of 2014. Warren Buffett leads annual scorecard of biggest gainers, take a look at the 10 biggest winners and losers…
No. 1 on the list is Warren Buffett, largely due to his Berkshire Hathaway Class A stock has continued to soar and Class B shares are also up, increasing in value by nearly 30 percent .
Buffett’s fortune surged by $14 billion or 24% this year to $73.3 billion.
The billionaire who lost the most money this year is Sheldon Adelson, costing the mogul $10.8 billion this year.
Who else won big in 2014?
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is another big winner at No. 2, he is up $10 billion. The Oracle leader, Larry Ellison added nearly $8.5 billion this year.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, DISH Network’s Charlie Ergen, Nike’s Phil Knight, Laurene Powell Jobs, Thomas Frist, Elon Musk and Kelcy Warren also enjoyed ten-digit gains in 2014.
In that tradition, here’s a list of the top 10 winners and losers in 2014 — which American billionaires are up and which are down:
First, the winners — America’s richest billionaires:
1. Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
+$14 billion, +24%
Net worth: $74.3 billion
2. Mark Zuckerberg, Cofounder, Chairman and CEO, Facebook
+$10 billion, 24%
Net worth: $35.5 billion
3. Larry Ellison, CEO and Founder, Oracle
+$8.5 billion, 19%
Net worth: $57 billion
4. Steve Ballmer, retired as CEO of Microsoft, boss of the Los Angeles Clippers.
+$2.5 billion, 28%
Net worth: $23 billion
5. Charlie Ergen, Founder and Chairman, DISH Network
+$3 billion, +19%
Net worth: $18.6 billion
6. Phil Knight, Chairman, NIKE
+$3 billion, +23%
Net worth: $22.3 billion
7. Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and Chair, Emerson Collective
+$2 billion, +21%
Net worth: $17.7 billion
8. Thomas Frist, Jr., he founded Hospital Corp. of America with his father in 1968, along with shares of his hospital conglomerate, HCA Holding.
+$1.8 billion, 55%
Net worth: $8 billion
9. Elon Musk, Founder, CEO, Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
+$1.8 billion, 32%
Net worth: $8.4 billion
10. Kelcy Warren, Energy Transfer Equity
+$1.4 billion, +39%
Net worth: $5.8 billion
And the losers are — America’s richest billionaires:
1. Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and CEO, Las Vegas Sands
-$10.8 billion, -32%
Net worth: $30.1 billion
2. Jeff Bezos, CEO and Founder, Amazon.com
-$8.8 billion, -26%
Net worth: $28.5 billion
3. Harold Hamm, Chairman and CEO, Continental Resources
-$4.3 billion, -32%
Net worth: $9.5 billion
4. Larry Page, CEO, Google
-$3.5 billion, -13%
Net worth: $29.5 billion
5. Sergey Brin, Cofounder, Director Of Special Projects, Google
-$3.4 billion, -13%
Net worth: $29 billion
6. Evan Williams, Cofounder and Director, Twitter
-$1.8 billion, -48%
Net worth: $2.4 billion
7. John C. Malone, legendary media investor
-$1.1 billion, -33%
Net worth: $7.3 billion
8. Micky Arison, Chairman and CEO, Carnival Cruises
-$748 million, -11%
Net worth: $7 billion
9. Robert Pera, Chief Executive Officer, Ubiquiti Networks Inc
-$690 million, -26%
Net worth: $1.91 billion
10. Jack Dorsey, CEO and Cofounder, Square, Inc., co-founded Twitter with Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass in 2006.
-$685 million, -46%
Net worth: $2.3 billion