Top 7 Americans Billionaires in the Making

This week I published a post for the Top 7 American Billionaires in 2010. But in this changing world, this list may be very different for 2011, so I believe it would be interesting to know who would be the next billionaires in America?

1. Sean Parker

Source of wealth: Facebook

Estimated net worth: $920 million

Cofounder of Napster and Plaxo, Parker was the Silicon Valley veteran who joined Facebook in 2004 as its founding president and helped it navigate initial funding. He left in 2005 for venture capital but still has a 4% stake. Justin Timberlake plays Parker in the film The Social Network.

2. Mark Pincus

Source of wealth: Zynga

Estimated net worth: $850 million

Love-him-or-hate-him leader of Internet’s most popular gaming site, Zynga, named for his late bulldog. Pincus’ fourth startup, it grosses some $500 million from virtual goods and promotions with 7-Eleven, Target, MTV. “FarmVille,” “FrontierVille” and “Zynga Poker” are its most popular games.

3. Jerry Bruckheimer

Source of wealth: Movies, TV

Estimated net worth: $850 million

The Hollywood producer’s blockbuster franchises, like Pirates of the Caribbean and National Treasure, have generated $9 billion at the global box office, with more to come. TV hits include the CSI franchise, Without a Trace and Amazing Race.

4. Jerry Seinfeld

Source of wealth: Television

Estimated net worth: $800 million

His TV show about nothing has earned $2.7 billion in 12 years and could take in $200 million more a year, thanks to syndication payments. Seinfeld has spent some of his portion buying up New York real estate and has a four-car garage (in Manhattan!) for his fleet of vintage motors. The cash-rich star may need another hit: The Marriage Ref wasn’t it.

5. Eric Lefkofsky

Source of wealth: Groupon

Estimated net worth: $750 million

Chicago investor is cofounder and 30% owner of the fastest-growing company ever, Web phenom Groupon, which updates its online audience about deep discounts on products and services. His venture fund, Lightbank, has stakes in 11 companies, including two now public ones: Innerworkings and Echo Global Logistics. As for being outed as an almost-billionaire: “It’s a good thing and a bad thing.”

6. William Ackman

Source of wealth: Hedge Fund

Estimated net worth: $700 million

Ackman may get control of Manhattan’s giant apartment complex Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village. His Pershing Square Capital Management, with a partner, picked up $300 million of its junior debt and launched a foreclosure proceeding, but they may get beaten out by more senior creditors. A judge is set to rule soon. Whatever happens, the hedge fund tycoon has raised his profile.

7. Dennis Gillings

Source of wealth: Quintiles

Estimated net worth: $700 million

Gillings founded privately held Quintiles, to which the drug industry outsources clinical trials. With $2.8 billion in annual revenue, it is the largest and most influential company in its field.

Source: Forbes


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