The ten richest people in the world became another 402 billion dollars richer in 2021, according to Bloomberg’s billionaire index. With a net worth of 277 billion dollars, Tesla CEO Elon Musk remains the richest man in the world.
These are the five richest people in the world
Musk started 2021 with a net worth of 156 billion dollars. At the end of the ride, he was 121 billion dollars richer. He invests part of his fortune in his space company SpaceX. He previously said that he plans to pay eleven billion dollars in taxes.
Former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is entering the new calendar year with a net worth of $190 billion, which is 4.5 billion dollars more than last year.
The third richest man in the world is Frenchman Bernard Arnault, the CEO of luxury group LVMH, which owns fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and liquor companies such as cognac brand Hennessy and champagne brand Moët & Chandon. His assets grew by $61 billion in 2021 to a total of $176 billion. Arnault is the only European in the top ten, the others are Americans. Eight of the ten richest people in the world are also active in the technology sector.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp, increased his net worth in 2021 by 25 billion dollars. According to the billionaires’ index, he was worth 128 billion dollars at the start of the new year.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates started 2022 with a net worth of $139 billion. The fortunes of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google, passed the $100 billion mark (88 billion euros) in 2021 and were 130 billion and 125 billion dollars at the start of 2021 respectively.
Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, investor Warren Buffett, and Oracle founder Larry Ellison complete the top ten, with $124 billion, $120 billion, and $109 billion, respectively.
Number eleven on the billionaire index is Françoise Bettencourt Meyers from France, the richest woman in the world. Her net worth is nearly $94 billion.