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“A new billionaire every 17 hours”: the "explosion" of nouveau riche in the world, according to the Forbes list

Despite the devastating impact of the coronavirus around the world, the number of new billionaires “exploded” this past year.

This is collected by Forbes magazine, which published its famous annual list on Tuesday richest people in the world and in the highlighting the soaring rise of Elon Musk and the entrance of Kim Kardashian West.

“Despite the pandemic, it was a record year for the world’s richest, with a $ 5 trillion increase in wealth and an unprecedented number of new billionaires,” says Kerry A. Dolan, editor of Forbes’ coverage of the wealthiest.

Here we collect the highlights of the list, made up of 2,755 personalities.

An unprecedented number

The number of people with a fortune of $ 1 billion or more on Forbes’ annual list “exploded” to an unprecedented number: 2,755 in 2021, 600 more than a year ago.

All of them accumulate an estimated fortune in US $ 13.1 trillion, above the $ 8 trillion of the 2020 list.

86% of them improved their financial status in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

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Forbes stresses that there are 493 new names on its 2021 list, “about a new billionaire every 17 hours,” including 210 from China and 98 from the United States.

Musk’s dizzying rise

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world for the fourth year in a row, with an estimated fortune in US $ 177,000 million, above the US $ 64,000 of the previous year thanks to the rise in the value of your company’s shares.

Second on the list is where one of the big changes took place: the rapid rise of Elon Musk, who it went from 31st in 2020 to 2nd this year.

On last year’s list, Forbes placed him with an estimated fortune of US $ 24.6 billion and this 2021 that figure rises to US $ 151 billion.

“The main reason: a 705% increase in the shares of [su compañía de vehículos eléctricos] Tesla “, highlights the editor of Forbes.

The first 5 places are completed by Frenchman Bernard Arnault, with a family empire of 70 brands such as Louis Vuitton and Sephora; followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates; and Facebook creator Marck Zuckerberg.

Behind them are: successful investor Warren Buffet; Oracle President Larry Ellison; former CEO and former president, respectively, of Alphabet (of Google), Larry Page and Sergey Brin; and Mukesh Ambani, President of Reliance Industries.

Women on the list: Kim Kardashian’s entry

The first woman appears in position 17: it is Alice Walton, presented by Forbes as the only daughter of the founder of Walmart, although she points out that, unlike her brothers, she has dedicated herself to curating art and is president of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

After her, appears in position 22 MacKenzie Scott, writer and ex-wife of Jeff Bezos.

One of the most prominent new names in this area was that of American reality star Kim Kardashian West, who officially becomes so in milmillonaria.

Forbes estimates that his fortune reached $ 1 billion, up from $ 780 million last October, thanks to two lucrative businesses – KKW Beauty and Skims – as well as his income from television and other deals and small investments. magazine.

Latin americans

This 2021, Forbes included 51 Latin Americans on its list, including the telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim and his family, which was ranked 16th of the richest in the world.

The magazine estimates Slim’s fortune at $ 62.8 billion, up from $ 52.1 billion a year earlier. However, Slim fell four places, since in the 2020 list he occupied the twelfth position.

The second place of the wealthiest Latin Americans is occupied by another Mexican, Germán Larrea Mota Velasco, ranked 61, up from 118 in 2020.

Larrea is, along with his family, owner of most of the largest copper mining company in his country, Grupo México, which also has operations in Peru and the US, says Forbes.

His fortune went from $ 11 billion in 2020 to $ 25.9 billion this year.

Behind them, in position number 74, appears the Chilean Iris Fontbona and his family, whose fortunes also skyrocketed last year – from $ 10.8 billion in Forbes estimates in 2020 to $ 23.3 billion today.

Fontbona inherited the mining and beverage empire of her late husband, Andrónico Luksic, who died in 2005.

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