June 16, 2021

Forbes 2021 Billionaires ranking: the incredible year of all records for Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bernard Arnault

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Jeff Bezos remains the richest man in the world. Elon Musk, in ambush, offers himself a comeback unbelievable. In this 2021 edition of the Forbes billionaire ranking, LMVH founder Bernard Arnault strengthens his third place, with $ 150 billion. Note again, on the tricolor side that Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers (L’Oréal) can claim to be the richest woman in the world. The 20 richest people on the planet accumulate a global fortune of 1,747.5 billion dollars… That is a dizzying increase of 62% in one year!


An incredible confirmation, an incredible breakthrough and an incredible year for billionaires, who have gone through the health crisis, in great shape, strengthening their fortunes. The 2021 vintage, from our exclusive classification, devotes Jeff Bezos. The boss of Amazon consolidates his fortune, better, he makes it grow by more than 35%, from 113 billion dollars to … 177 billion dollars. Extraordinary figures!

Extraordinary figures that we can again attach to an equally extraordinary business manager: Elon Musk. We say it is fantastic, it is having a crazy year! Last year he was not even ranked among the 20 richest personalities on the planet (he was in 34th place with an estimated fortune of $ 24.6 billion), he is now close behind Jeff Bezos. The success of his Tesla cars and especially the price of his shares literally made his fortune soar by 6! At $ 151 billion. He will still have to wait to win the honorary title of the richest man on the planet.

Bernard Arnault, the emperor of luxury

Behind this duo: a confirmation. She is French. Bernard Arnault, more than ever, brings LVMH to the luxury firmament and its personal fortune is also making an immense good at 150 billion dollars (against an estimate of 76 billion dollars in 2020 … + 50% in one year). The acquisition of Tiffany carries it, just like its performance on the stock market.

Behind this trio Bezos-Musk-Arnault, we find Bill Gates, with $ 124 billion raised. He brings up the rear of this “Club des 4”, a very select club that is very closed to exceeding the symbolic bar of 100 billion dollars.

Mark Zuckerberg completes the Top 5 of the 20 richest people in the world with an estimated fortune of 97 billion dollars. The founder of Facebook cap the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett (6th place, 96 billion dollars and… + 33% in one year!).

In 7th and 8th positions, we find the two Larry: Larry Page (Google / Alphabet) and Larry Ellison (Oracle), which rake in $ 93 billion and $ 91.5 billion each.

Big Tech wins

In this ranking of billionaires, there are now two women in the Top 20 (against 3 last year), including a French woman, Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, heir to L’Oréal. She can boast of regaining the title of “The richest woman in the world”, with 73.6 billion dollars (12th place in the world). She is ahead of another heiress, Alice Walton who benefits, like his two brothers (Jim and Rob Walton), the good performance of the large distribution company created by his father Sam, Walmart. His fortune is estimated at 61.8 billion (17th place).

Note that in this world ranking only three Europeans appear, the two French (Bernard Arnault and Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers) and the Spaniard Amancio Ortega, founder of the Inditex clothing group (Zara).

Two Chinese are also present: Ma Hateng, the boss of Tencent in 15th place (+5 place) thanks to a fortune estimated at 65.9 billion dollars, and, Zhong Shanshan, the very discreet boss of Nongfu Spring (a giant of bottled water), in 13th position, with 68.90 billion dollars. To note that Jack Ma, the founder ofAlibaba, disappears from this Top 20 (he was 17th in 2020 with 38.8 billion dollars).

The Indian Mukesh Amabami, the boss of Reliance Industrie, is ranked in 10th position with $ 84.50 billion. Mexican Carlos Slim Helu, (Telecommunications), 16th place, makes its way in a ranking dominated by the Americans. And in the realm of billionaires, the leaders of “Big Tech”, such as Google, Facebook, Amazon or Microsoft, are more than ever grilling politeness to all the others, with 10 accessits. Note, and this is a first, no “oil” fortune is present this year in our ranking due to the crisis in the price of black gold.

In total, the 20 richest people in the world accumulate a global fortune of 1,747.5 billion dollars … That is a dizzying increase of 62%!

Rang Fortune in billions of dollars ($ bn) First and last name Nationality
1 $177,00 Jeff Bezos USA
2 $151,00 Elon Musk USA
3 $150,00 Bernard Arnault & his family France
4 $124,00 Bill Gates USA
5 $97,00 Mark Zuckerberg USA
6 $96,00 Warren Buffett USA
7 $93,00 Larry Ellison USA
8 $91,50 Larry Page USA
9 $89,00 Sergey Brin USA
10 $84,50 Mukesh Ambani Inde
11 $77,00 Amancio Ortega Spain
12 $73,60 Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers & her family France
13 $68,90 Zhong Shanshan China
14 $68,70 Steve Ballmer USA
15 $65,80 Ma Huateng China
16 $62,80 Carlos Slim Helu & his family Mexico
17 $61,80 Alice Walton USA
18 $60,20 Jim Walton USA
19 $59,50 Rob Walton USA
20 $59,00 Michael Bloomberg USA

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