Updated 10:35 PM EDT, Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Warren Buffett Earned $37 Million a Day in 2013

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Investor Warren Buffet arrives for the premiere of the film "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" in New York September 20, 2010. (Photo : REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

While many Americans got excited over the thought of winning the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot earlier this week, that type of fortunate would still be incomparable to the wealth that Warren Buffet acquired each day in 2013.

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According to one study, the Berkshire Hathaway boss earned $37 million every day for the entire year, making him the top earning billionaire in the U.S.

At the start of the year, Buffet began with $46.4 billion, however his net worth shot up by $12.7 billion to $59.1 billion until Dec. 11, according to Wealth-X, the wealth research firm, reports MSN. That equates to a paper gain of $1.5 million an hour. 

However, despite Buffett's massive yearly earning, Microsoft founder and Buffett bridge partner Bill Gates still holds the title as the richest man in America. He added $11.5 billion to his $72.6 billion this year alone, making him the second top earning billionaire and the world's wealthiest person. In third place is Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson who added $11.4 billion to $35.3 billion net worth, report the NY Post.

Buffet benefitted from a bull market as his gains were fueled almost entirely by rising stock prices. As a result, that boosted the value of company shares held by founders and corporate chiefs. Plus, the wealth was spread throughout all industries, rather than industry-specific gains in tech, energy or other sectors.

See the full list below.

Top billionaire gainers in 2013

1.    Warren Buffett-$12.7 billion gain to $59.1 billion

2.    Bill Gates-$11.5 billion gain to $72.6 billion

3.    Sheldon Adelson-$11.4 billion gain to $35.3 billion

4.    Jeff Bezos-$11.3 billion gain to $34.4 billion

5.    Mark Zuckerberg-$10.5 billion gain to $24.7 billion

6.    Masayoshi Son-$10.3 billion gain to $19.1 billion

7.    Sergey Brin-$9.3 billion gain to $30 billion

8.    Larry Page-$9.3 billion gain to $29.9 billion

9.    Lui Chee Woo-$8.3 billion gain to $19.6 billion

10.  Carl Icahn-$7.2 billion gain to $22.1 billion

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