Forbes released its annual list of the richest people in the world and there are not too many surprises at who landed at the top. However, the number of billionaires in the world increased significantly in a Pandemic year when many were struggling. Billionaires
The 35th annual Forbes list found 660 more billionaires than in 2020, with 493 newcomers making the list - a record for Forbes. Of those, 210 were in China and Hong Kong, making the area the second richest in the world with 698 billionaires. The leader in billionaires, however, remains the United States, with 724 total.
The wealthiest people in the world
1. Jeff Bezos
The Amazon founder may have stepped down as CEO, but Jeff Bezos landed at No. 1 on the list for the third consecutive year. Between 2020 and 2021, his net worth increased from $113 billion to $177 billion.
2. Elon Musk
Racing against Bezos in space and bank accounts, the electric car innovator and Tesla founder also experienced massive growth between 2020 and 2021. Recorded at #24.6 billion on Forbes list last year, his net worth jumped to $151 billion this year.
3. Bernard Arnault
The French tastemaker heads the brands we know and covet as CEO of LVNH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton in France. Forbes recorded him at $76 billion in 2020, and this year, following the acquisition of Tiffany & Co., he doubled his net worth and is found on this list at $150 billion.
4. Bill Gates
The Windows creator and chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation may be going through some turmoil in his personal life, but Bill Gates's net worth also grew substantially last year. Landing on the Forbes list at $98 billion in 2020, his net worth increased to $124 billion this year.
5. Mark Zuckerberg
The Facebook founder is currently under heavy scrutiny for profiting from the spread of fake news. No matter whether you love him or hate him, Mark Zuckerberg is undoubtedly benefiting. His 2020 net worth was $54.7 billion and nearly doubled in 2021, appearing on the Forbes list at $97 billion.
The youngest billionaires in the world
Of the 15 youngest people on the list, including Zuckerberg, are all under the age of 40.
1. Sam Bankman-Fried
The "baby" of the group, with a net worth of $22.5 billion, is 29-year-old Sam Bankman-Fried. The crypto exchange engineer heads FTX.
2. Evan Spiegel
Snapchat's CEO, Evan Spiegel, co-founded the social media app and, at age 31, has a net worth of $13.8 billion.
3. Bobby Murphy
The other half of Snapchat is its chief technology officer. Bobby Murphy co-founded the app with Spiegel and has a greater net worth at $15.2 billion but he's older at age 33.
3. Fred Ehrsam
At 33, Coinbase's cofounder leads the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange. His net worth is $3.5 billion and is expected to rise considerably in 2022.
4. Lukas Walton
The only young billionaire in the top five who didn't lead a company and inherited his wealth, Lukas, is the grandson of Walmart founder Sam Walton. The 35-year-old has a net worth of $17.2 billion.
The most affluent women in the world
Just 14% of the Forbes 400 list included women, with only 56 women appearing. Two women share their billions with their husbands, but the collective total grew $100 billion from 2020 to $564 billion.
1. Alice Walton
The daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton, Alice Walton, does not involve big box store operations and instead works in the art world. Her net worth is charted at $61.1 billion.
2. MacKenzie Scott
The ex-wife of Amazon's Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Scott, received the largest divorce settlement in the U.S. when they divorced in 2019. She has promised to donate half of her acquired $37 billion to charity and has been working toward that goal. Her current net worth is valued at $53 billion.
3. Julia Koch
Appearing on the list with "and family," Julia Koch inherited a 42% stake in Koch Industries along with her three children after her husband died in 2019. The family shares $46.4 billion in net worth.
4. Jacqueline Mars
The granddaughter of Franklin C. Mars, who created the world's largest candy manufacturing company, Jacqueline Mars, owns a one-third stake in the company. Her net worth is $31.3 billion.
5. Miriam Adelson
Miriam Adelson inherited her wealth with a net worth of $38.2 billion when her husband, Sheldon Adelson, died earlier in 2021. Sheldon was the former CEO and chairman of Las Vegas Sands casino company.
One headlining change to the list? Donald Trump fell off the Forbes 400 for the first time in 25 years. He missed this year's list by $400 million.
Oprah Winfrey also missed the list in 2021.
Seven are crypto figures with a collective net worth of $55.1 billion of the new billionaires appearing on the rich list.