Celebrity Gates Is Richy Rich By People Staff Published on February 16, 1999 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Bill Gates is the richest man alive, according to the new Forbes magazine. The Microsoft CEO tops the list of the world’s richest billionaires with an estimated bank account of $90 billion — nearly three times that of the next richest person, investor Warren Buffett, who has $36 billion. Paul Allen (also of Microsoft) and the Sultan of Brunei tied for third place with $30 billion each. Elsewhere in Forbes, Saddam Hussein is said to be worth more than Queen Elizabeth. The Iraqi leader, with an estimated wealth of $6 billion, is No. 6 on the magazine’s list of “The Non-Working Rich: Kings, Queens and Dictators.” The Queen is No. 10.