The magazine Forbes, which annually ranks the billionaires and the richest in the world, published Tuesday its list for the year 2021. Despite the pandemic, this year is marked by an unprecedented increase in the wealth of the richest and the Israeli-American , who wasn’t even on last year’s list, has become Israel’s richest new billionaire.
Miriam Adelson, widow of casino mogul and Republican Party patron Sheldon Adelson, who died in January, has inherited most of the latter’s fortune. This inheritance therefore brings her personal fortune to $ 38.2 billion, making her the richest Israeli, the fifth richest woman in the world, and the 36th richest person in the world.
She passed the Russian-Israeli oligarch Roman Abramovich, the owner of the Chelsea football club, who was naturalized Israeli a few years ago and thus became Israel’s first fortune. It was also a successful year for Abramovich, who earned $ 4.2 billion and his total fortune is estimated at $ 14.5 billion.
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Next on the list are Franco-Israeli Patrick Drahi, telecommunications mogul with an estimated fortune of $ 11.8 billion and Eyal Ofer, Israeli real estate and shipping mogul with $ 11.1 million, who both got richer this year. They are followed by Stef Wertheimer, whose fortune, estimated at $ 6.2 billion, is similar to last year.
In total, Israel now has 28 billionaires.
Globally, despite – or perhaps thanks to – the health crisis, which has been coupled with an economic crisis, 660 people have become billionaires, according to Forbes, which has drawn up this ranking since 1986.
In total, there are 2,755 billionaires in the world, who together hold $ 13.1 billion, considerably higher than the $ 8 billion last year.
The number of people who first became billionaires this year is an all-time high – 493 – which roughly equates to one new billionaire every 17 hours. 210 billionaires are based in China and Hong Kong and 98 in the United States.
“For the fourth year in a row, Jeff Bezos, with an estimated fortune of 177 billion dollars, or 64 billion more than last year, is the richest person in the world, following the rise in Amazon shares” , writes Forbes.
“Elon Musk – the one who made the most dollars – was propelled to second place, with an estimated fortune of $ 151 billion, $ 126.4 billion more than last year, when he was in 31st place and owned $ 24.6 billion. The main reason is the high 705% of Tesla’s pars.
The majority shareholder and Chairman and CEO of the luxury group LVMH Bernard Arnault “retains his third place but his fortune has doubled, from 76 to 150 billion dollars, following the high 86% of the shares of the LVMH group, which owns the Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior brands and the Sephora cosmetics chain. “
They are followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates ($ 124 billion) and Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg ($ 97 billion).
“The ten richest people are worth $ 1.15 trillion, a two-thirds increase from the $ 686 billion last year,” writes Forbes.