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September 16, 2002
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A rich list just wouldn’t be complete without Oprah Winfrey, whose fortune has once again put her onto the Forbes 400, a roster of America’s wealthiest residents in 2002. The chat show queen’s $900 million stash seems like a drop in the bucket, however, when compared with fellow media moguls Steven Spielberg and his Dreamworks business partner David Geffen, who took home $2.2 billion and $3.8 billion, respectively.

And Steven is not the only director to make the list – his Raiders Of The Lost Ark pal George Lucas made a not-too-shabby $3 billion last year.

Media mogul fortunes, though impressive, could not compete with the man who claimed the top spot in the survey – again. Microsoft founder Bill Gates is still America’s wealthiest citizen, with a $43 billion bank account. However, this formidable amount is $9 billion less than what the university dropout chalked up the year before and he’s nearly $20 billion poorer than he was two years ago.

One mogul who is missing from this year’s list is powerhouse Martha Stewart. Her Martha Stewart Omnimedia shares have dropped by 60% from their 52-week high, and the distributor of her homewares line, K-Mart, filed for bankruptcy this year, taking out a significant chunk of her 2000 reported $650 billion worth.

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Celebrities on the Forbes rich list included Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and George Lucas. However, falling shares of Martha Stewart Omnimedia mean that homewares maven Martha (above) didn't make the cut this year
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Despite making $9 billion less than last year, Microsoft founder Bill Gates is still America’s wealthiest citizen, with a $43 billion bank account

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