Elon Musk’s rise by 29 positions and the growth of the total fortune to $ 13.1 trillion!
The American magazine Forbes published annual, 35th in a row ranking of the richest businessmen globally – during the pandemic 2020, the number of billionaires increased to 2,755 people, an increase of 660 (493 were included in the rating for the first time) compared to 2019. Their total fortune increased by a record $ 8 trillion, up to $ 13.1 trillion.
It is noteworthy that the top positions of the rating are occupied by well-known individuals in IT – the founders of companies working in the field of technology.
The first place in the ranking for the fourth year in a row was taken by the founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos – his fortune in a year increased from 113 billion dollars to 177 billion. The founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, burst into second place with a fortune of $ 151 billion – in 2019, he was ranked 31st among the richest businessmen with a fortune of $ 24.6 billion. The bulk of Musk’s capital is in Tesla shares, which have risen in price by order of magnitude in 2020. And the three richest people in the world are closed by the president of Louis Vuitton, Moet Hennessy Bernard Arnault, with a fortune of $ 150 billion – a year ago, he occupied the fourth position with $ 76 billion. They are followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates with $ 124 billion (+26 billion for the year) and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with 97 billion (+42.3 billion).
Renowned investor Warren Buffett failed to enter the top 5 for the first time in more than 20 years. At the same time, his fortune increased by one and a half times – from $ 67.5 billion to $ 96 billion.
Forbes considers Rinat Akhmetov to be the richest Ukrainian businessman, who also owns the energy holding DTEK – with a fortune of $ 7.6 billion, he took 327th place (a year earlier, 875th place with a fortune of 2.4 billion). As you can see (screenshot above), none of the tech companies was included in the Forbes billionaire ranking.
The USA still has the largest number of billionaires – 724. China (including Hong Kong and Macau) is in second place with 698 billionaires.
To assess the state when compiling the rating, Forbes analysts used the quotes of their shares as of March 5, 2021. The full list of billionaires with a small dossier on each can be viewed on the Forbes website. Forbes magazine also separately tracks the changing fortunes of the richest billionaires. In real-time – in this rating and the rating Bloomberg, Elon Musk recently bypassed Jeff Bezos several times.