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2. Steve Forbes

Current estimated net worth: $450 million

Steve Forbes is editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine and president and chief executive officer of Forbes Inc., its publisher. He is also the son of the magazine’s late publisher, Malcolm Forbes, and grandson of its founder, B.C. Forbes. His fortune derives mainly from the publishing empire that was handed down to him by his family.

Forbes was a candidate for the presidency in 1996 and 2000, running on a platform that proposed abandoning the tax code and introducing a flat tax. He never caught on with Republican primary voters, in part due to a stiff and uncomfortable manner that made Al Gore look like Jim Carrey.

Forbes dropped out of both races but has remained a prominent voice in conservative politics and still wields influence within the party. His estimated net worth is $450 million.

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