updated 12/28/2004 4:48:12 PM ET 2004-12-28T21:48:12

For a handful of the superrich, it was a very good year.

With a little luck the Dow Jones Industrial Average will eke out a modest 3 percent gain for the year. For these Forbes 400 members, 2004 brought better tidings and joy. A frothy initial-public-offering market, a resurgent technology sector and an ongoing love affair with gambling helped send the fortunes of these notables flying.

© 2012 Forbes.com

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