Some of those creme de la creme in the world of wealth, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, for example, have been worth $100 billion for quite some time: Gates first made it in 1999, while Bezos did so in 2017. The majority of the others, on the other hand, are basically newcomers to the 12-digit club.
According to the newest Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the world’s top ten wealthiest people are all worth more than $100 billion by the end of 2021.
In 2021, he increased his net worth by $121 billion, a little less of the $140 billion he added in 2020, according to the Bloomberg data. Musk’s fortune has risen dramatically as a result of his electric carmaker’s quick expansion. Tesla’s stock has risen by approximately 60% this year, and the company’s market capitalization surpassed $1 trillion for the first time in October.
Number two this year is Jeff Bezos with $195 billion, the former world’s richest man, who did not add nearly as much to his net worth as Musk, but is still almost $5 billion more than he was when the year began.
In July, the 57-year-old stepped down as CEO of Amazon, stating that he will devote more time to the Bezos Earth Fund, his Blue Origin spaceship company, and the Bezos Day 1 Fund.
Gates has long since relinquished control of Microsoft and now devotes the majority of his time to his philanthropic organization. This year, after 25 years of marriage, Gates divorced his wife Melinda French Gates.
Google co-founder Larry Page closes out the top five in the list of the richest people in the world with a fortune of $130 billion. The remarkable success of Alphabet in 2021, which topped the $2 trillion market cap in November and was just named Big Tech stock of the year by CNBC, added $47 billion to the fortune. Page is no longer the CEO of Alphabet, but he is still on the board of directors.
The youngest of them all, Meta (ex-Facebook) CEO Mark Zuckerberg is number six on the list with a total net worth of $128 billion. The 37-year-old’s wealth climbed by $24 billion this year. Zuckerberg holds a 13% share in Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, and is the CEO of the firm, which has seen its stock rise by more than 20% this year, although it plummeted by almost 10% in the fall due to the release of the so-called “Facebook Papers.”
At the end of the year, the former Microsoft CEO and owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, the eccentric Steve Balmer, will be $41 billion richer than he was at the beginning of the year, accumulating a total of $122 billion, successfully standing at the number eight position on the list. Ballmer’s fortune has grown reportedly because of the appeal of tech equities such as Microsoft, which has increased in value by more than 50% this year.
According to the Thursday data, the ninth richest person is the 91-year-old famous investor Warren Buffett. Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO indicated earlier this year that he is “halfway” to his declared aim of giving away the great bulk of his riches, which is currently estimated to be worth $109 billion, but the stock’s performance is reportedly not helping.
Interestingly, Telegram founder Pavel Durov topped the Forbes ranking of the most successful Russian billionaires in 2021. According to the outlet’s estimates, over the year his fortune increased by $13.8 billion. It is now more than $17 billion.
In turn, Russian entrepreneurs who were included in Bloomberg’s top 50 also increased their income. The 43rd place is held by the natural gas tycoon and founder of Novatek, Leonid Mikhelson, who earned almost $8 billion this year, with a total net fortune estimated at $32 billion. He is followed in the top 50 by businessman and manager Vladimir Potanin, with a fortune of $30 billion, who earned about $817 million in 2021.