Forbes has released its 40th annual listing of the 400 richest people in the world, most of whom are Americans.
According to the publication, billionaires’ wealth was calculated using share prices and exchange rates as of September 3, 2021.
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Almost all of them are richer than they were a year ago, and the top 20 combined are worth $ 1.8 trillion.
Notably, the minimum net worth required to make the list was $ 2.9 billion, up from the previous cutoff of $ 2.1 billion – which killed 51 billionaires.
MarketWatch reported last week that media mogul Oprah Winfrey was just below that amount and former President Donald Trump dropped out of the Forbes 400 ranking for the first time in 25 years.
Who Topped the List in the United States?
1. Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, Inc., remains at the top for the fourth straight year with net worth of $ 201 billion.
While the founder of Blue Origin, LLC stepped down as CEO to become chairman in July, Amazon thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bezos also owns the Washington Post.
2. Elon Musk
Elon Musk, co-founder of Telsa, Inc. and founder of SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) ranked second with net worth of $ 190.5 billion.
Musk has promised to give more than half of its stake in Tesla as collateral for loans, and Forbes said it discounted its stake to account for the loans.
Musk resigned as chairman of the electric car maker in 2018 after making “false statements” opening an investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
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However, SpaceX is valued at $ 74 billion, Forbes said.
3. Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook, Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg was placed third with net worth of $ 134.5 billion.
His social network has been under scrutiny for the past few months, and a whistleblower who leaked internal documents to the Wall Street Journal delivered a testimony to Congress against the tech giant on Tuesday.
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Zuckerberg, the theme of the film “The Social Network”, launched Facebook in 2012 and, according to Forbes, owns around 12% of the company’s shares.
In 2015, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, promised to give up 99% of their Facebook stake in their lifetime.
4. Bill Gates
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp., took fourth place with a calculated net worth of $ 134 billion.
Gates stepped down from the Microsoft board of directors in 2020 and donated $ 35.8 billion in Microsoft stock to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bill and Melinda Gates announced in May that they would end their decades-long marriage, although the two will continue to chair the foundation.
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5. Larry Page
Google LLC co-founder Larry Page ranks fifth on the list with net worth of $ 123 billion.
Page, until 2005 CEO and from 2011 to 2015, was also CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet before stepping down in December 2019.
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According to Forbes, the reclusive billionaire remains a board member and majority shareholder.