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It isn't easy staying a billionaire. Here's why

by cnbc.com on 12-22-2015 at 03:04 PM

In the HBO show "Silicon Valley," billionaire tech investor Russ Hanneman breaks down after learning that his 10-figure fortune shrunk to a mere $986 million, ousting him from the "three comma club."

"I'm financially ruined," he sobs. "I'm not a billionaire anymore. ... I'm a 986-ionaire, which isn't even a f------ thing."

Hanneman's comma

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Top 20 billionaires worth as much as half of America

by cnbc.com on 12-05-2015 at 06:19 AM
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The real wealth gap in America isn't between the 99 percent and the 1 percent. It's between the 0.00001 percent and everybody else.

A new study from the Institute for Policy Studies left-leaning think tank says the richest 400 Americans have a combined net worth of $2.34 trillion equal to that of the bottom 61 percent of the U.S. population, or about 194 million people.

Even among the top 400 there's a great divide. The richest 20 billionaires in America have a

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