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9 O.C. billionaires make Forbes 400

The Irvine Co.’s Donald Bren leads the pack at No. 21.

By Kristen SchottPublished: September 23, 2010 09:34 AM

Courtesy of Fotolia
Nine Orange County billionaires rank among this year’s Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans.

Donald Bren garnered the top spot among the local moneymakers, coming in at No. 21. Bren fell from No. 16 in 2009. He is worth $12 billion.

James Jannard, founder of Foothill Ranch-based Oakley Inc. and Lake Forest’s Red Digital Cinema, came in next at No. 110 with $3 billion. Jannard ranked No. 113 in 2009.

Other local billionaires include David Sun and John Tu, co-founders of Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology; Igor Olenicoff of Newport Beach’s Olen Property Corp.; Bill Gross of Pimco in Newport Beach; Henry Samueli, co-founder of Irvine-based Broadcom; real estate investor George Argyros; and Henry Nicholas, co-founder of Broadcom.

Microsoft’s Bill Gates came in at No. 1 for the 17th straight year, according to Forbes. Gates is worth $54 billion.

Here’s a breakdown of the local billionaires:

• Donald Bren
2010 ranking: No. 21
2009 ranking: No. 16
Net worth 2010: $12 billion
Net worth 2009: $12 billion

• James Jannard
2010 ranking: No. 110
2009 ranking: No. 113
Net worth 2010: $3 billion
Net worth 2009: $2.8 billion

• David Sun
2010 ranking: No. 136
2009 ranking: No. 123
Net worth 2010: $2.6 billion
Net worth 2009: $2.5 billion

• John Tu
2010 ranking: No. 136
2009 ranking: No. 123
Net worth 2010: $2.6 billion
Net worth 2009: $2.5 billion

• Igor Olenicoff
2010 ranking: No. 144
2009 ranking: No. 236
Net worth 2010: $2.5 billion
Net worth 2009: $1.5 billion

• Bill Gross
2010 ranking: No. 170
2009 ranking: No. 158
Net worth 2010: $2.1 billion
Net worth 2009: $2 billion

• Henry Samueli
2010 ranking: No. 238
2009 ranking: No. 212
Net worth 2010: $1.7 billion
Net worth 2009: $1.6 billion

• George Argyros
2010 ranking: No. 252
2009 ranking: No. 236
Net worth 2010: $1.6 billion
Net worth 2009: $1.5 billion

• Henry Nicholas
2010 ranking: No. 269
2009 ranking: No. 236
Net worth 2010: $1.5 billion
Net worth 2009: $1.5 billion

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