Jeff Bezos tops 2021 Forbes billionaires’ list

BY ERIC DUMO

The number of billionaires on Forbes’ 35th annual list of the world’s wealthiest exploded to an unprecedented 2,755 –660 more than a year ago.

According to Forbes, of those, a record high 493 were new to the list – roughly one every 17 hours, including 210 from China and Hong Kong.

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Another 250 who had fallen off in the past came roaring back.

A staggering 86 per cent are richer than a year ago.

Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest for the fourth year running, worth $177bn, while Elon Musk rocketed into the number two spot with $151bn as Tesla and Amazon shares surged.

Forbes said, “Altogether these billionaires are worth $13.1trn up from $8trn in 2020. The U.S. still has the most, with 724, followed by China (including Hong Kong and Macao) with 698. We used stock prices and exchange rates from March 5 to calculate net worth.”

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