A lot of those self-made extreme earners come, unsurprisingly, from the tech sector, which ranks just behind "investments" in the Forbes' 400 career list. They include Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Reid Hoffman, and Jeffrey Skoll. In particular, Zuckerberg had a good year, climbing back into the Top 20 overall, and increasing his fortune to $19 billion in the past 12 months. With earnings like that, who says Facebook is past its peak?
It's a tough chart to crack, but twenty newcomers managed to grace the bottom half, including Auto Loans tycoon Don Hankey (#342) and GoPro's Nicholas Woodman (#386). Women are slowly increasing their presence in the top 400, too, with 48 total female earners gracing it this year. (Tory Burch, a bona fide billionaire, is still too poor to make the cut.) We've still got a ways to go, but at least there's Oprah, one of the seven self-made women on the list. Then, of course, there's Alice Walton, the heiress of Walmart. She cracked the top ten at #8 — and gets her own Forbes cover story, to boot. [Forbes]