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.
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.”