Forbes 400: The Richest People in America

By Luisa Kroll,

The Forbes 400 richest Americans regained lost ground in 2010, while most were still smarting from the recession.

The total worth of the Forbes 400 was up 8% to $1.37 trillion, well out-earning the 1% rise in the S&P 500 index over the same period of time. More than half (217) are richer than they were a year ago.

The headline number tells a partial story. Just over one-third of the 400 failed to add to their fortunes or lost ground. Still well out of reach is the record $1.57 trillion in total net worth set in 2008.