Who’s richest in California, Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Ellison?

Move over, Larry Ellison. The richest person in California is now Mark Zuckerberg.

The Facebook CEO elbowed aside Oracle’s chairman, who was the richest person from the Golden State when Forbes started a list last year, thanks to the $18 billion Zuckerberg added to his fortune in the past year — during which Facebook shares rose about 50 percent. Meanwhile, Oracle shares fell about 9 percent during that time.

Forbes based this year’s list on May 6 stock prices, when Zuckerberg was worth $51.6 billion and Ellison $48.8 billion. According to the magazine’s real-time worth tracker, though, there is a smaller gap today between the two tech titans’ wealth, with 32-year-old Zuckerberg at $51 billion and 71-year-old Ellison at $49.5 billion.

Zuckerberg co-founded social network Facebook in 2004, while Ellison co-founded software maker Oracle in 1977 — seven years before Zuckerberg was born.

There are a couple of other familiar tech-industry names on Forbes’ second annual list of the richest person in every state: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who’s the richest person in the world with $76 billion, outranks Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos (who’s currently the fourth-richest in the world, two places above Zuckerberg and three places above Ellison) as the wealthiest in Washington. And eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, with $7.8 billion, is the richest person in Hawaii.

A sampling of what California’s No. 1 and 2 are doing with their riches: Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, late last year pledged to give 99 percent of their Facebook stock to philanthropic efforts. And a couple of weeks ago, Ellison donated $200 million to the University of Southern California to fund a cancer research center. (He also owns the Hawaiian island of Lanai, among other things.)


Photo: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison, are the top two richest Californians. (AP, left, and Getty Images)


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