The global rich list is a comprehensive index of the net worth of the World’s Billionaires and richest people.
The richest man in the world is Jeff Bezos
The richest woman in the world is Françoise Bettencourt Meyers & family
We take into account all assets and cash held by that individual when we calculate their total net worth and compile the Rich List. We aim to be as accurate as possible with our rankings, subject to the public information and data that is available. We update the Rich List on a regular basis as new data becomes available.
The Global pandemic has been a disaster for most businesses, however, this has not been the case for some of the big online retailers, eCommerce websites and those operating in the tech sector.
Some of these companies have seen their revenues skyrocket, none more so than the worlds leading e-commerce and digital streaming giant, Amazon.
As reported below, Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, has increased his wealth during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic and remains the richest man in the world for the fourth year running.
Elon Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX founder has seen the biggest increase in his wealth of an incredible $150 billion, this has seen him jump up 30 places in the Rich List and now jostling for the top spot with Jeff Bezos.
1) Jeff Bezos – Net Worth $195 Billion
The Amazon tycoon remains the richest person in the world for the fourth year in a row.
The worldwide covid-19 pandemic has been a bonus for Amazon. Shares in the company have soared by more than 75% over the last year.
It has been reported that the Amazon CEO has increased his wealth by a staggering $50bn so far during the coronavirus crisis, as locked-down consumers fill their days with online shopping.
Recently, Bezos liquidated $3 billion worth of shares in the company, this takes the total amount of shares sold by him this year to almost $10.5 billion.
2) Elon Musk – Net Worth $168 Billion
The Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur has shot up the Rich List over the past year due to the increase in Tesla’s share price.
The electric car company’s share value has surged recently and hit a market valuation of $700 billion.
3) Bernard Arnault – Net Worth $161 Billion
The Frenchman owns a huge luxury fashion and retail empire including Louis Vuitton, Sephora and the American jewellery brand Tiffany & Co. He remains in third place, despite a difficult trading year for high street retailers.
4) Bill Gates – Net Worth $129 Billion
The founder of Microsoft has once again seen a modest increase in his wealth over the last 12 months of approximately $2 billion.
Gates is the Chairman of the world’s largest private charitable foundation the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The foundation was launched in 2000 (previously the William H. Gates Foundation) and has assets of over $46.8 billion. It aims to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty in the world.
5) Mark Zuckerberg – Net Worth $97 Billion
The Facebook CEO and philanthropist has seen a fall in his wealth once again, Zuckerberg’s wealth has fallen a further $2 billion over the last 12 months, this is on top of the $8.3 billion he lost during the previous year.
He has previously given a large proportion of his wealth to charity and his Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is helping to increase COVID-19 testing.
6) Warren Buffett – Net Worth $98.6 Billion
No discernable change in wealth over the past year for the American investor, business tycoon, and philanthropist.
Buffett is head of investment firm Berkshire Hathaway and is arguably one of the world’s most successful investors.
7) Larry Ellison – Net Worth $92 Billion
The co-founder of software giant Oracle. He relinquished his role as CEO in 2014 but still remains chairman of the board and chief technology officer. His wealth has not altered in the past year.
8) Larry Page – Net Worth $91.5 Billion
The co-founder of Google with fellow student Sergey Brin in 1998. He stepped down as CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet in 2019 but still remains a member of the board.
Larry Page has seen a very small drop in his wealth of $500 million.
9) Sergey Brin – Net Worth 89.2 Billion
Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin together with Larry Page (see above), co-founded Google. The software engineer and internet entrepreneur was the president of Google’s parent company Alphabet until stepping down from the position in December 2019. There is no change in his is wealth during the past year.
10) Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani – Net Worth £85 Billion
The Indian businessman is the chairman and managing director of the oil and gas conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd has shot up the ranking over the last 12 months.
Ambani has increased his wealth by several means, including selling a third of telecom unit Jio to investors such as Facebook and Google and offloaded 10 percent of Reliance Retail to private equity firms
Reliance Industries has revenues of over $88 billion and is India’s most valuable company by market value and a Fortune Global 500 company.
11) Steve Ballmer – Net Worth $75.4 Billion
The former Microsoft CEO who headed the company from January 2000 to February 2014. He is the current owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers which he bought for $2 billion upon his retirement from Microsoft.
12) Amancio Ortega – Net Worth $73 Billion
As a co-founder of Inditex, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers that includes the Zara brand, he is considered to be one of the wealthiest men in Europe. Although he stepped down as chairman in 2011, he still retains 60% of the company’s shares.
13) Francoise Bettencourt Meyers – Net Worth $72 Billion
The richest woman in the world and the granddaughter of L’Oreal’s founder Eugène Paul Louis Schueller, the French pharmacist and entrepreneur who died in 1958.
The pandemic has been a tale of two halves for make-up and skincare queen.
Demand fell for beauty products during the first part of the pandemic and the stay-at-home rules and profits sank by over 6%. However, shares in the company have since surged 38% with the increase in the sale of skincare products.
Francoise and her family own 33% of L’Oreal stock, the world’s largest cosmetics company.
14) Carlos Slim Helu – Net Worth 62.3 Billion
Carlos was once ranked as the richest man in the world by Forbes, he is still considered to be the richest man in Mexico though.
He has jumped up two places in this year’s Rich List, with an increase in wealth of $8 billion.
Carlos and his family control America Movil, Latin America’s biggest mobile telecom firm.
15) MacKenzie Scott (Formerly Bezos) – $59 Billion
The ex-wife of the current richest man in the world and Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos.
Upon her divorce from Bezos in 2019 after 26 years of marriage, her husband gave her 25% of his Amazon stake, which was equivalent to 4% of the company’s value at that time and equated to $35 billion in monetary terms.
She is regarded as the biggest philanthropist of the pandemic, giving away $5.8 billion in grants to 500 nonprofit organizations across the U.S.
16) Michael Bloomberg – Net Worth $58.5 Billion
Co-founder of media giant Bloomberg and mayor of New York City from 2002 to 2013. He still owns 88% of the company which generates over $10 billion of revenue.
17) Jim Walton – Net Worth £56 Billion
The son of Walmart co-founder Sam Walton. Jim and his siblings, Rob and Alice Walton all enjoy the same net worth, give or take the odd billion. Rob Walton is the current chairman of Walmart, having taken up the position upon the death of his father in 1992.
18) Jack Mar – $48.4 Billion
The Chinese businessman and politician and is the co-founder and former chairman (stepping down in 2019) of the Alibaba Group, one of the world’s largest e-commerce businesses. He is a global ambassador for Chinese business and ranked as the second wealthiest person in China.
Jack Mar has jumped up two places on the Rich List with an increase in his net worth of $7 billion.
19) Charles Koch – Net Worth $46.4 Billion
The chairman and CEO of Koch Industries since 1967. The company has a turnover of $110 billion and is the second largest private company by revenue in America. His wealth has grown by $2 billion over the past year.
20) Julia Koch – Net Worth $45 Billion
The wife of the late billionaire industrialist David Koch who died in August 2019. Julia Koch and her three children inherited a 42% share in Koch Industries, their wealth has increased by $2 billion recently.
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