It was like no other year because there’s not the pandemic we’re talking about. Public offers, the cryptocurrency, and the asset values were rapidly shot. On Forbes’ 35th annual list of the richest people in the world, the number of billionaires exploded more than a year ago to an incredible 2,755-660. Of these, 493 new records were listed – about one every 17 hours, including 210 from China and Hong Kong. There came a further 250 that had dropped behind in the past. An astonishing 86% is wealthier than last year.
The magazine’s 35th annual richest people in the world list reached a record of $13.1 trillion, up from $8 billion on the 2020 list, an astounding 2,755 billionaires, 660 over a year earlier. 63 women are billionaires, a total of 328. The women listed as a category amount to US$ 1,5 trillion, up almost 60% over the past year.
Jeff Bezos is the fourth richest in the world, worth 177 billion dollars. And, with Tesla and Amazon’s stakes, Elon Musk rocked into the second-largest rank with 151 billion dollars.
Those billionaires total 13.1 billion dollars, up from 8 billion dollars in 2020. At 724, with China (including Hong Kong and Macao) at 698, the USA is still the most. In order to measure net values, we used stock markets and exchange rates from 5 March. See below the full list and techniques of the world billionaires.
The top 10 richest people in 2021, according to Forbes:
- Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, US$177 billion
- Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, US$151 billion
- LVMH Chair and CEO Bernard Arnault, US$150 billion
- Microsoft Co-Founder and former CEO Bill Gates, US$124 billion
- Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, US$97 billion
- Berkshire Hathaway Chair and CEO Warren Buffett, US$96 billion
- Oracle Co-Founder, Executive Chair, and CTO Larry Ellison, US$93 billion
- Google Co-Founder and former CEO Larry Page, US$91.5 billion
- Google Co-Founder and former Alphabet President Sergey Brin, US$89 billion
- Reliance Chair and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, US$84.5 billion
The top 10 richest women in 2021, according to Forbes:
- L’Oréal heiress Françoise Bettencourt Meyers and family, US$73.6 billion
- Walmark heiress Alice Walton, US$61.8 billion
- Author and philanthropist Mackenzie Scott, US$53 billion
- Koch Industries director Julia Koch and family, US$46.4 billion
- Las Vegas Sands majority owner Miriam Adelson, US$38.2 billion
- Mars shareholder Jacqueline Mars, US$31.3 billion
- Bright Scholar Education Chair and Country Garden majority shareholder Yang Huiyan and family, US$29.6 billion
- Altana owner and BMW heiress Suzanne Klatten, US$27.7 billion
- Hancock Prospecting Group Executive Chair Gina Rinehart, US$23.6 billion
- Antofagasta heiress and majority owner of Quiñenco Iris Fontbona and family, US$23.3 billion
Beijing, China, has more billionaires than anybody else in the world and, according to the paper, overtakes New York City. The US already has over 724 billionaires, with China closing the divide by 698 (including 71 from Hong Kong and 1 from Macau). India has 140 billionaires in the third-largest number.
Asia-Pacific 1.149 billionaires average 4 trillion dollars, while the US milliardaires total 4.4 trillion dollars.