Many with Mass. ties make Forbes list of billionaires

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Harvard dropout Bill Gates has a fortune of $90 billion, according to this year’s Forbes billionaires list.

By Kevin Slane 

Forbes’s 2018 billionaires list, released Tuesday, features a number of money makers with local connections.

Harvard dropouts Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg finished second and fifth with fortunes of $90 billion and $71 billion, respectively.


Among the 2,200-plus other billionaires on this year’s list were Medford native and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg ($50 billion, No. 11), Dorchester native and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson ($38.5 billion, No. 21), and Boston native and former Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone ($4.4 billion, No. 401). Also making the cut are leaders of major Boston businesses: New Balance CEO Jim Davis ($5.3 billion, No. 365) and Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson ($15.9 billion, No. 83), whose net worth exceeds that of her father, former Fidelity CEO Edward C. Johnson III ($7.9 billion, No. 196).

Patriots owner Robert Kraft ($6.2 billion, No. 281) finished above Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs ($4.6 billion, No. 456) and Sox owner (as well as owner and publisher of Boston Globe Media Partners, parent company of the Globe) John Henry ($2.5 billion, No. 956).