Forbes has made its traditional list of the most millionaires in the world with some regulars and a few surprises. As they explain, despite the pandemic, there was an increase of about 5 billion dollars among all members and a significant increase of new billionaires.
The list of the most millionaires has exploded this year: A total of 2,755 members, 660 more than last year. In addition, 493 new billionaires or one every 17 hours. In total they represent $13.1 trillion. On the 2020 list they accounted for $8 trillion.
Among the newcomers to the list of the world’s billionaires is Guillaume Pousaz, founder of Checkout.com or Whitney Wolfe Herd, the co-founder of the dating app, Bumble. Also Kim Kardashian, who this year has managed to increase her wealth to $1 billion thanks to KKW Beauty and Skims, her makeup and body shaping clothing companies.
Some Forbes list regulars follow, but not in the top 10. Carlos Slim Helu, the Mexican billionaire who this year is in position 16. Jack Ma (Alibaba, Aliexpress) in position 26. Amancio Ortega (Zara) moves from position 6 to 11, despite increasing his wealth from $55.1 billion to $77 billion.
The 10 richest people in the world
- Jeff Bezos (Amazon): $177 billion
- Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX): 151 billion dollars
- Bernard Arnault (LVMH): 150 billion dollars
- Bill Gates (Microsoft): 124 billion dollars
- Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook): 97 billion dollars
- Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway): $96 billion
- Larry Ellison (Oracle): 93 billion dollars
- Larry Page (Google): 91.5 billion dollars
- Sergey Brin (Google): US$ 89 billion
- Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries): 84.5 billion dollars
Some curious and interesting facts about the Forbes list
This year there are four people with an accumulated wealth of more than one hundred billion dollars. Last year it was only one, Jeff Bezos. Elon Musk grew the most in wealth, from $24.6 billion to $151 billion, thanks to a 700% increase in Tesla shares.
Mark Zuckerberg also had significant growth, nearly doubling his wealth over 2020, thanks to an 80% growth in Facebook shares. This is the first year that Warren Buffett is not in the top five since 1993.
106 people on the list of the world’s billionaires are under the age of 40. The youngest billionaire is just 18 years old and is Kevin David Lehmann. He is not an entrepreneur, nor did he set up his own business, but received a hefty inheritance of 3.3 billion. His father, Guenther Lehmann, transferred to him all his shares in DM-Drogerie, a German retail chain that sells cosmetics, health care and household products.
The youngest entrepreneur to make the list is Austin Russell, 26, who dropped out of college to found Luminar, which is working on LiDAR technologies for autonomous vehicles.
23 billionaires on the list died during 2020 and early 2021, including Sheldon Adelson, Brazilian banker Joseph Safra or Petr Kellner.