8 Denverites on Forbes’ billionaire list

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Don’t hate our neighbors to the north because they’re rich.

Eight Denverites made Forbes’ 2007 list of the world’s wealthiest, up from six the previous year.

EchoStar CEO Charlie Ergen leads the Colorado list, with his fortune growing to $10 billion from $6.7 billion during 2005.

Qwest founder Philip Anschutz saw his wealth increase to $7.9 billion last year, up from $6.4 billion in 2005, according to Forbes.

The number of billionaires around the globe reached a high of 946, their combined wealth growing 35 percent to $3.5 trillion, Forbes said.