The 25 richest people in the world

Forbes just released his 35th annual list billionaires around the world, confirming roughly what various media have been saying for about a year: A lot of wealthy people have gotten a lot richer over the past year. Coronavirus pandemic.

According to the report, 86% of the 2,755 billionaires have seen their net worth increase since the 2020 report, and more people have become billionaires in the past year than in any previous year. The total net worth of each billionaire together is $ 13.1 trillion, a jump of $ 5.1 trillion from the overall billionaire wealth of 2020.

Because stock prices and exchange rates fluctuate, net values ​​are not static; Forbes based their estimates on data from March 5. Find out who made the top 25 below and check out the full list. here.

1. Jeff Bezos

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos dropped out ForbesIt’s number one for the fourth year in a row with a net worth of $ 177 billion, up from $ 113 billion last year.

2. Elon Musk

Elon muskTesla’s businesses with Tesla, Inc. (he’s the CEO) and his own spacecraft manufacturing company SpaceX have propelled him to second place. His net worth, which was “only” $ 24.6 billion in 2020, is now $ 151 billion.

3. Bernard Arnault and his family

At the head of the French luxury conglomerate LVMH, Bernard Arnault oversees Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Dior, Marc Jacobs, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Sephora and dozens of other brands. He and his family are worth $ 150 billion.

4. Bill Gates

In addition to owning about 1% of Microsoft, Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Assets from this investment and other investments combine for a net worth of $ 124 billion.

5. Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has grown from $ 54.7 billion in 2020 to $ 97 billion in 2021. At 36, he is the youngest billionaire in Forbes’ top 25.

6. Warren Buffett

Investor and noted Queen of dairy products passionate Warren Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, who possesses GEICO, Duracell, Fruit of the Loom and dozens of other companies (including Dairy Queen). It is worth $ 96 billion.

7. Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison, with a net worth of $ 93 billion, is the co-founder, president and chief technology officer of software company Oracle.

8. Larry Page

Google co-founder Larry Page was the CEO of Google owner Alphabet until the end of 2019, and he still owns controlling shares and sits on the board. His net worth has grown from $ 50.9 billion last year to $ 91.5 billion in 2021.

9. Sergei Brin

Page founder Sergey Brin also left his post at Alphabet (as chairman) at the end of 2019 and continues to own shares and serve on the board of directors. It is worth $ 89 billion.

10. Mukesh Ambani

As chairman and managing director of conglomerate Reliance Industries Limited, Indian magnate Mukesh Ambani has interests in textiles, oil and gas, retail, electronics and more. He also has a net worth of $ 84.5 billion.

11. Amancio Ortega

Spanish businessman Amancio Ortega co-founded fashion retailer Inditex, whose most recognizable brand is Zara. His net worth is $ 77 billion.

12. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers and her family

Françoise Bettencourt Meyers inherited L’Oréal – which her grandfather founded – upon the death of her mother in 2017. She also inherited the title of richest woman in the world from her mother. Bettencourt Meyers is a member of the board of directors of the company and the president of the family holding company. With her family, she is worth $ 73.6 billion.

13. Zhong Shanshan

Chinese businessman Zhong Shanshan owes his net worth primarily to Nongfu Spring, the bottled water and beverage company he based and now chairs.

14. Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer stepped down as CEO of Microsoft in 2014, but he’s still worth $ 68.7 billion. He now possesses the Los Angeles Clippers and focuses on philanthropic efforts.

15. Ma Huateng

Ma Huateng is the co-founder and chairman of Chinese technology investment firm Tencent Holdings. It is also called “Pony Ma” and is worth $ 65.8 million.

16. Carlos Slim Helu and his family

Along with his family, Carlos Slim Helu controls Mexican telecommunications company América Móvil and has a net worth of $ 62.8 billion. He also has possesses a 17 percent stake in The New York Times, among other investments.

17. Alice Walton

The daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton, Alice Walton, has just surpassed her two living siblings (brother John Walton deceased in a plane crash in 2005) with a net worth of $ 61.8 billion. His passion is art conservation; it based the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas in 2011.

18. Jim Walton

Alice’s brother Jim chairs the Walton family’s Arvest bank, owns shares of Walmart and passed his seat on the Walmart board to his son in 2016. He is worth $ 60.2 billion.

19. Rob Walton

Sam Walton’s eldest son, Rob, was the chairman of Walmart from his father’s death in 1992 to 2015. He is still a board member and shareholder, and his net worth is $ 59.5 billion.

20. Michael Bloomberg

Most of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $ 59 billion comes from Bloomberg LP, the financial data and media company he founded in 1981.

21. Colin Zheng Huang

Huang Zheng, also known as Colin Huang, internal at Microsoft, worked at Google and now chairs Chinese e-commerce site Pinduoduo. His net worth is $ 55.3 billion.

22. Mac Kenzie Scott

When MacKenzie Scott and Jeff Bezos divorced in 2019, Scott won a 4 percent stake in Amazon (a quarter of Bezos’ stake). His overall net worth is $ 53 billion. She is also a philanthropist and novelist.

23. Daniel Gilbert

Dan Gilbert, co-founder of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, is worth $ 51.9 billion, up from $ 6.5 billion in 2020. He also co-founded the resale platform StockX, which has recently grown in popularity. skyrockets.

24. Gautam Adani and his family

In addition to control India’s largest port, Mundra Port, Gautam Adani has a coal mine in Australia and a 74% stake in Mumbai International Airport. He and his family are worth $ 50.5 billion.

25. Phil Knight and his family

Nike Founder Phil Knight hung up his president’s hat in 2016, but he and his family are still worth $ 49.9 billion.

[h/t Forbes]

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