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The ten richest men in the world in one year with more than 660 billionaires

The ten richest men in the world in one year with more than 660 billionaires

In a year that witnessed an unprecedented global crisis, the world broke a new record for millionaires. The annual list of the richest people in the world now includes 2,775 billionaires, an increase of 660 from the previous year. Amazon owner Jeff Bezos tops the ranking for the fourth year in a row, and there’s a Portuguese family on the list.

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the global economy into a deep recession. But while many families faced poverty head-on, others took advantage of the current situation to increase wealth. According to Forbes’ estimates, in 2020 the world saw a new millionaires be born every 17 hours.

The record number of 2775 millionaires has been reached with 493 new entries on the list, many of them resulting from registrations on corporate exchanges, from records in stock prices, but also by investing in the cryptocurrency business. 210 of the new entries are from China and Hong Kong and 98 from the USA. More than half of the new millionaires are, in fact, people who have already left the ranking, but have returned to the elite group within the past year.

In total, these billionaires are currently worth around 11 billion euros, an increase of nearly 7 billion compared to 2020. According to Forbes data, within one year, 86% of the world’s richest people have seen their fortunes increase.

Who are the richest men in the world?

Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world with an estimated wealth of 149 billion euros. The founder of Amazon Blue Origin, a space travel company that develops missiles for commercial tourism, and the owner of the American “Washington Post” newspaper, increased his fortune by more than 53 billion euros last year. The 57-year-old saw Amazon shares rise as never before due to increased internet purchases in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Bezos tops the Forbes ranking for the fourth year in a row.

Second place on the podium is Elon Musk. The CEO of Tesla, a company that produces and sells high-performance electric cars, is worth around 127 billion euros. Adding more than 106 billion to his fortune, the South African-born engineer rose from 31st to second place in the ranking. The main driver for this growth was Tesla shares up by 705%. The 49-year-old entrepreneur is currently one of the pioneers of electric mobility and wants to revolutionize space travel with SpaceX, a space exploration company now valued at more than 62 billion euros.

The top three ends with the French mogul Bernard Arnault, who maintained their position last year. The CEO of LVMH, a French multinational luxury goods company, is estimated to be worth around 126 million euros. LVMH owns several brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Loewe, Guerlain, Bulgari, Hublot, and Sephora cosmetic retail stores. In 2020, the 72-year-old Frenchman’s fortune nearly doubled due to an 86% increase in LVMH shares. In January 2021, the multinational company acquired American jewelery Tiffany & Co for more than $ 13 billion.

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