Jeff Bezos tops 2021 Forbes billionaires’ list


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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