If there is one category of the world’s population that has weathered the health crisis without a hitch, it is undoubtedly that of billionaires. Most of them have managed to at least largely stabilize their fortunes, when they have not seen it increase very significantly.
In total, there are 2,755 billionaires in the world, who together hold $ 13.1 billion, considerably higher than the $ 8 billion last year. ” The ten richest people are worth $ 1.15 trillion, a two-thirds increase from $ 686 billion last year », Writes Forbes. The 2021 ranking produced by the latter highlights the fact that the pandemic has allowed the richest to get richer.
Globally, therefore, despite – or perhaps thanks to – the health crisis, which was doubled by an economic crisis, 660 people have become billionaires, according to Forbes, which has drawn up this ranking since 1986.
The number of people who first became billionaires this year is an all-time high – 493 – which roughly equates to one new billionaire every 17 hours. 210 billionaires are based in China and Hong Kong and 98 in the United States. Unsurprisingly and for the fourth year in a row, Jeff Bezos, with an estimated fortune of $ 177 billion, or 64 billion more than last year, is the richest person in the world, following the rise in shares of Amazon tells us Forbes. Elon Musk is the one who made the most dollars. He was propelled to second place, with an estimated fortune of $ 151 billion, $ 126.4 billion more than last year, when he was in 31st place and had 24.6 billion dollars. dollars. The main reason is Tesla’s high 705% share.
The majority shareholder and CEO of luxury group LVMH, Frenchman Bernard Arnault retains his third place but his fortune has doubled, from 76 to 150 billion dollars, following the high 86% of the group’s shares. LVMH, which owns the brands Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and the chain of cosmetics stores Sephora. This beautiful world is followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates ($ 124 billion) and Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg ($ 97 billion). Warren Buffett, businessman, investor and billionaire is in 6th place, with 96 billion dollars and… + 33% in one year!
In 7th and 8th positions, we find the two Larry: Larry Page (Google / Alphabet) and Larry Ellison (Oracle), which rake in respectively 93 billion and 91.5 billion dollars each. In ninth position we find Sergey Brin (Google) and in tenth position the Indian Mukesh Ambani (84.5 billion dollars) who dethrones the Spaniard Amancio Ortéga (Zara) 77 billion dollars and in twelfth place the Frenchwoman, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers (L’Oréal) $ 73.6 billion. In this ranking of twelve we find eight Americans, two French, one Spanish and one Indian.
In this ranking of billionaires, there are now two women in the Top 20 with another heiress, Alice Walton who benefits, like her two brothers (Jim & Rob), from the good performance of the large distribution company created by her father Sam , Walmart. His fortune is estimated at 61.8 billion (17th place). Two Chinese are also present: Ma Hateng, the boss of Tencent in 15th place (+5 place) thanks to a fortune estimated at 65.9 billion dollars, and, Zhong Shanshan, the very discreet boss of Nongfu Spring (a giant of bottled water), in 13th position, with 68.90 billion dollars.
Note that Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, disappears from this Top 20 (he was 17th in 2020 with $ 38.8 billion). Mexican Carlos Slim Helu, (Telecommunications), 16th place, makes its way in a ranking dominated by the Americans. And in the realm of billionaires, the leaders of “Big Tech”, like Google, Facebook, Amazon or Microsoft, are more than ever grilling politeness to all the others, with 10 accessits. Note, and this is a first, no “oil” fortune is present this year in our ranking due to the crisis in the price of black gold.