Thursday, October 4

ByKevin Sheekey

The Forbes 400: For the first time since 1994, there is a new No. 1 on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, as Jeff Bezos breaks Bill Gates’ 24-year run at the top. Mike Bloomberg rounds out the top 10.

Top 10:
1 – Jeff Bezos – $160B
2 – Bill Gates – $97B
3 – Warren Buffett – $88.3B
4 – Mark Zuckerberg – $61B
5 – Larry Ellison – $58.4B
6 – Larry Page – $53.8B
7 – Charles Koch – $53.5B
7 – David Koch – $53.5B
9 – Sergey Brin – $52.4B
10 – Michael Bloomberg – $51.8B

Kavanaugh FBI Report Day: As Axios’ Mike Allen says: Brace yourselves for a gusher of leaks today. The FBI report on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reaches the Senate this morning, with a final vote on his nomination this weekend. Expect Republicans to leak areas where the FBI didn’t find evidence of an assault, and Democrats to leak areas where investigators found new dirt or desired more time.

Cover Stories Today:
Bloomberg Businessweek: How China Used Tiny Chip in Hack That Infiltrated U.S. Companies
Bloomberg Markets: Quant Investor Cliff Asness Hasn’t Smashed His Screen This Year—Yet

Dancing to a New Beat: Theresa May Declares an End to Austerity (The Daily Telegraph)

Leading the Way: Bloomberg Ups Percentage of Female Guest, Journalist Appearances on TV and in Stories (Talking Biz News)


Headlines from around the world.


Best of late night.

On the U.S. government test on Wednesday of the presidential alert system that sent a text message to more than 200 million mobile phones across the U.S. saying “This is a Test.”

“I already get terrifying presidential alerts on my phone — they’re called the news. They come every day.”
— Jimmy Kimmel

“There were some glitches the first time around. A lot of people ended up getting this on their phones: ‘TWO BIG MACS, LARGE FRY, FISH FILLET, HURRY BACK.’”
— James Corden

On the results of the additional FBI report on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh:

“Republicans are planning to keep — this is true — keep the results of the F.B.I.’s investigation into Brett Kavanaugh a secret, and store them in a locked vault. Well, he sounds innocent to me!”
— Conan O’Brien

For more Best of Late Night from the New York Times, click here.