Forbes billionaires list is out and 86% of all billionaires are richer than a year ago. The list has seen a massive increase with 2755 billionaires listed for 2021…
“Despite the pandemic, it was a record-setting year for the world’s wealthiest—with a $5 trillion surge in wealth and an unprecedented number of new billionaires,” writes Forbes.
The list saw 493 additions as new billionaires emerged this past year, meaning that a new billionaire was made every 17 hours!
Women are on the rise as 328 women made the Forbes billionaires list this year, which is 241 more than last year. Women on the list are worth a total of $1.53 trillion, a nearly 60% increase over the past year.
At the no.12 spot is the world’s richest woman, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, granddaughter of the founder of L’Oreal. She, along with her family owns about 33% of the company’s stock. She currently serves as chairwoman and has served on the board since 1997. According to Forbes, “She became France’s reigning L’Oreal heiress in 2017 when her mother Liliane Bettencourt, then the world’s richest woman, died at age 94.”
Forbes Billionaire list has also seen the smallest amount of people dropping off the list this year in over a decade, of the 61 drop-offs is make-up entrepreneur and Forbes former self-made billionaire Kylie Jenner.
Here are the top 10, get the full list HERE
- Jeff Bezos – Bezos comes in at number one for the fourth year in a row, the Amazon Founder is up $64 billion (Almost R1 trillion) from last year and has a net worth of $177 billion (Almost R2 trillion rand). He founded Amazon in 1994 out of his garage in Seattle.
- Elon Musk – South Africa’s Musk comes in at number 2 after being at number 31 just last year with a $24.6 billion (More R350 billion) net worth. This year Musk’s fortune rose to a staggering $151 billion (Over R2,2 trillion).
- Bernard Arnault – This French luxury goods tycoon held onto his spot at No. 3 coming in just under Musk meanwhile his fortune nearly doubled to $150 billion (Over R2,2 trillion), from $76 billion (R1,1 trillion) .
- Bill Gates – Gates ranks No. 4 on Forbes list, the Microsoft founder sits at $124 billion (R1,8 trillion) net worth.
- Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook shares surged this past year as the platform gained huge popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic, enabling people to stay in touch and share online. At $97 billion, he’s part of Forbes top 5.
- Warren Buffett – He’s the world’s sixth richest person, worth $96 billion (1,4 trillion). He’s worth $28.5 billion (R400 billion) more than he was on the 2020 list.
- Larry Ellison – Ellison is a software developer valued at an estimated $93 billion (R1, 3 trillion) and takes the no.7 spot.
- Larry Page– Google’s Larry Page sits at the no. 8 spot with a huge $91.5 billion (R1,2 trillion) estimated net worth.
- Sergey Brin – Another one from Google, Brin from California comes in at no. 9 with an $89 billion (R1,1 trillion) net worth.
- Mukesh Ambani – India’s Ambani has become the richest person in Asia and is ranked No. 10 in the world his worth is an estimated $84.5 billion (R1,1 trillion).