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Despite the devastating impact of coronaviruses around the world, the number of new billionaires has “exploded” in recent years.
This is collected by Forbes magazine, which published its famous annual list on Tuesday the richest people in the world and in emphasizing the rapid rise of Elon Musk and entrance Kim Kardashian West.
“Despite the pandemic, it was a record year for the world’s richest, with a $ 5 trillion increase in wealth and an unprecedented number of new billionaires,” says Kerry A. Dolan, editor of Forbes reports on the richest.
Here we collect the most important parts of the list, which consists of 2,755 personalities.
An unprecedented number
The number of people with a fortune of a billion or more dollars on Forbes ’annual list“ exploded ”to an unprecedented rate: 2,755 in 2021, 600 more than a year ago.
They all accumulate estimated wealth in $ 13.1 trillion, above $ 8 trillion from the 2020 census.
86% of them improved their financial status in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
Forbes points out that there are 493 new names on the 2021 list, “about a new billionaire every 17 hours,” including 210 from China and 98 from the United States.
Musk’s dizzying climb
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world for the fourth time in a row, with an estimate of wealth in $ 177,000 million, above $ 64,000 from the previous year, thanks to an increase in the value of your company’s stock.
Second on the list is where one of the big changes took place: the rapid rise of Elon Musk who went from 31st in 2020 to 2nd this year.
3 – Bernard ArnaultOwner of the luxury goods group LVMH
4 – Bill GatesFounder of Microsoft
5 – Marck ZuckerbergThe creator of Facebook
Source: 35th list of the richest people in the world, Forbes
On last year’s list, Forbes placed it with an estimated fortune of $ 24.6 billion, and this 2021 that number rises to $ 151 billion.
“The main reason: the increase in the share of [su compañía de vehículos eléctricos] Tesla “, points out the editor of Forbes.
Frenchman Bernard Arnault finishes the top 5 positions, with a family empire of 70 brands such as Louis Vuitton and Sephora; followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates; and Facebook creator Marck Zuckerberg.
Behind them are: successful investor Warren Buffet; Oracle President Larry Ellison; former CEO and former president of Alphabet (Google), Larry Page and Sergey Brin; and Mukesh Ambani, president of Reliance Industries.
Women on the list: Kim Kardashian’s entry
The first woman to appear at position 17 is Alice Walton, who was introduced by Forbes as the only daughter of the founder of Walmart, although she points out that, unlike her brothers, she is dedicated to art curation and is president of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
After her, she appears in position 22 MacKenzie Scott, writer and ex-wife of Jeff Bezos.
One of the most prominent new names in the field was the name of American reality star Kim Kardashian West, who is officially becoming one. in Milmillonaria.
Forbes estimates that his fortune reached $ 1 billion, up from $ 780 million last October, thanks to two lucrative companies – KKW Beauty and Skims – as well as his income from television and other businesses and small investments.
In 2021, Forbes added 51 Latin Americans to its list, including the telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim and his family, which ranked 16th richest in the world.
The magazine estimates Slim’s fortune at $ 62.8 billion, up from $ 52.1 billion a year earlier. However, Slim fell by four places, as it took the twelfth position on the 2020 list.
The second richest Latin American is another Mexican, Germán Larrea Mota Velasco, at position 61, from position 118 in 2020.
Larrea, along with his family, owns most of the largest copper mining company in his country, Grupo México, which also operates in Peru and the United States, Forbes says.
His fortune went from $ 11 billion in 2020 to $ 25.9 billion this year.
Behind them, at position number 74, a Chilean appears Iris Fontbona and his family whose fortune also launched last year – from $ 10.8 billion according to a Forbes estimate in 2020 to $ 23.3 billion today.
Fontbona inherited the realm of mining and beverage of her late husband Andrónic Lukšić, who died in 2005.
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