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5 richest Americans absorb a $4 billion hit

The five richest Americans, according to the most recent ranking by Forbes magazine, saw the value of their principal holdings shrink by nearly $4 billion during Monday's stock market selloff.

Following is a list of those five and other famous billionaires, their principal holdings, and Monday's drop in value for that holding:- Bill Gates, chairman and chief executive of Microsoft Corp., $1.76 billion

- Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., $717.3 million

- Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corp., $600 million

- Larry Ellison, chairman, CEO and president of Oracle Corp., $666.9 million

- Gordon Moore, chairman of Intel Corp., $236.2 million

- Walton family, Wal-Mart Inc., $1.64 billion

- Ted Turner, vice chairman of Time Warner Inc., $185 million

- Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Computer Corp., $324.4 million

- Phil Knight, chairman and CEO of Nike Inc., $269 million

Source: Most recent proxy statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.