Coming in at around $86 billion, Bill Gates has ridden his Microsoft (MSFT) fortune straight to the top of the Forbes list of the world’s richest men. If it did, there’d be a new top dog, according to several reports that revisited the idea that Vladimir Putin’s net worth, virtually impossible to measure, tops $200 billion. “I believe that [Putin is worth] $200 billion,” he once told CNN.
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Many Americans cross their fingers at tax time, hoping for a huge refund from the federal government. At the very least, they want to break even. The vast majority of filers — more than 70 percent — do get money back from the government, with the average