The 50 Most Influential Networking Tycoons

PHOTO: Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 5, 2012.
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Wealth-X, a company based in Singapore which has a propiertary databse of individuals worth $30 million or more, has compiled a list of the 50 most influential ultra high net worth individuals, based on the collective net worth of their social and professional networks.

Wealth-X said it ignored family connections when compiling the list, hoping not to distort the list of family members who are all ultra high net worth individuals.

For Bill Gates, the first person on the list, Wealth-X research said it considered the following when assessing his known associates: board members, non-profit associates (trustees and board members), friends and associates in companies that Gates or his investment vehicle Cascade Investments invest in.

Read more: Top 10 Most Influential People in Details

In the collection of this list, who you know, not who you are related to, mattered most.

Here are the top 50 most influential people and the value of each person's "circle of influence," according to Wealth-X:

$261 billion

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, is shown during an interview, Jan. 30, 2013 in New York.PHOTO:
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1.
Bill Gates

Co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and founder of Microsoft

$227 billion

PHOTO: Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 5, 2012.
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2.
Bill Clinton

Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and a former U.S. president

$194 billion

William "Bill" Ackman, founder and chief executive officer of Pershing Square Capital Management LP, speaks during a presentation in New York, Dec. 20, 2012. PHOTO:
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3.
William Albert Ackman

Founder and CEO of the hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management

$148 billion

PHOTO: Philanthropist Eli Broad attends a ceremony where the Broad Prize for Urban Education was awarded Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Oct. 23, 2012 in New York City.
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4.
Eli Broad

Founder of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Sun America Inc. and KB Home

$146 billion

PHOTO: Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, is shown at an annual shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb., May 6, 2012.
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5.
Warren Edward Buffett

Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

$145 billion

6.
Peter George Peterson

Co-founder of financial service company the Blackstone Group

$136 billion

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7.
Michael Terry Duke

CEO and president of Walmart

$133 billion

PHOTO: Rupert Murdoch poses during the Australian premiere of 'Les Miserables' at the State Theatre, Dec. 21, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.
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8.
Keith Rupert Murdoch

Chairman and CEO of News Corp.

$132 billion

PHOTO: T. Boone Pickens, founder and chief executive officer of BP Capital LLC, speaks during an interview inside the Bloomberg Link during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 29, 2012.
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9.
Thomas Boone Pickens Jr.

Chairman of BP Capital Management

$131 billion

PHOTO: Linda Wolf is shown, June 27, 2000 during a news conference.
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10.
Linda S. Wolf

Director on Walmart's board and other organizations

$127 billion

11.
James W. Breyer

General parther with Accel Partners

$126 billion

12.
David Sanford Gottesman

Founder of First Manhattan

$124 billion

13.
Stephen B. Burke

Executive Vice President of Comcast

$122 billion

14.
Dewang Cao

Chairman of Fuyao Glass Industry Group in China

$122 billion

15.
Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko

Chairman of EuroChem in Russia

$119 billion

16.
Chuanfu Wang

Founder of BYD in China

$115 billion

17.
Walter D. Scott Jr.

Chairman of Level 3 Communications

$114 billion

18.
Leon G. Cooperman

Chairman and CEO of Omega Advisors

$114 billion

19.
Marissa Ann Mayer

CEO of Yahoo

$114 billion

20.
Alexander Grigorievich Abramov

Chairman of Evraz in the U.K.

$114 billion

21.
Joseph Daniel Mansueto

Chairman and CEO of Morningstar

$112 billion

22.
Lynn Josey Schusterman

Founder and Chairmanof the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network (CLSPN)

$112 billion

23.
Richard Ted Weschler

Investment manager at Berkshire Hathaway

$111 billion

24.
David Marvin Green

Chairman and CEO of Hobby Lobby

$111 billion

25.
Lyda Hunt Hill

Director of Remeditex Ventures

$105 billion

26.
Charles Simonyi

Co-founder of Intentional Software

$102 billion

27.
Herbert Fisk Johnson III

Chairman and CEO of S. C. Johnson & Son

$101 billion

28.
Vagit Alekperov

President of Lukoil in Russia

$101 billion

29.
Viktor Feliksovich Vekselberg

Chairman of Renova Group in Russia

$100 billion

30.
David Rockefeller Sr.

Advisory Trustee of the Rockefellers Brothers Fund

$100 billion

31.
Eric Emerson Schmidt

Executive chairman of Google

$100 billion

32.
Anthony Hsieh

Founder of the Downtown Project

$100 billion

33.
Saadeddine Al Hariri

Chairman of Saudi Oger in Saudi Arabia

$98 billion

34.
Maria Asuncion Aramburuzabala Larregui

Vice chairwoman of Grupo Modelo in Mexico

$96 billion

35.
Edmond M. Trump

Co-founder of The Trump Group

$94 billion

36.
Louis John Doerr III

Partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

$93 billion

37.
Nathan P. Myhrvold

Founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures

$92 billion

38.
David Vaskevitch

Director of LivePerson

$91 billion

39.
Carlos Slim Helu

Founder of Grupo Carso in Mexico

$91 billion

40.
Jose Antonio Fernandez Carbajal

Chairman and CEO of Fomento Economico Mexicano in Mexico

$90 billion

41.
Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich

Owner of Millhouse Capital in Russia

$89 billion

42.
Steven Anthony Ballmer

CEO of Microsoft

$87 billion

43.
Vladimir Olegovich Potanin

President and Chairman of Interros in Russia

$86 billion

44.
Ronald Owen Perelman

Chairman and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings

$86 billion

45.
Harold Lee Scott Jr.

Operating Partner of Solamere Capital

$85 billion

46.
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg

Chairman and CEO of Facebook

$85 billion

47.
Kavitark Ram Shriram

Managing Partner Sherpalo Ventures

$84 billion

48.
Suleyman Abusaidovich Kerimov

Owner of Nafta-Moskva in Russia

$83 billion

49.
Antonio del Valle Ruiz

Chairman of Grupo Empresarial Kaluz in Mexico

$82 billion

50.
Paul Gardner Allen

Chairman of Vulcan

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