July 24, 2021

Richest man in the world: Jeff Bezos still No. 1

In the 2021 edition of the Forbes ranking of richest men, the founder of Amazon remains in the lead. However, he is closely followed by his pursuer who, this year, is called Elon Musk. Frenchman Bernard Arnault completes the podium.

The year 2020 will have been beneficial for billionaires. Their number increased from 2,095 in 2019 to 2,755, Forbes figure in the 2021 edition of its ranking of the world’s greatest fortunes. A higher history, notes the American magazine. Another record: this list has nearly 493 newcomers, or nearly 18% including 210 fortunes from China and Hong Kong. The fact, justify the authors of the classification, “of flash IPOs, of a surge in cryptocurrencies and stock prices”. 250 ex-billionaires are also making their comeback in the rankings. Another sign that it is hovering for billionaires: 86% of them saw their wealth increase compared to the previous year. Together, billionaires around the world weigh 13 Trillion dollars, against 8000 “only” in 2020.

What about the richest among the richest? Jeff Bezos (Amazon) still leads in 2021, with a fortune estimated by Forbes at $ 177 billion. But its pursuer, at the origin of one of the biggest upheavals in the ranking this year, is not very far: at the head of a jackpot of 151 billion dollars, the rocket Elon Musk (Tesla) exceeds historical like Bill Gates (Microsoft), 4th this year, or Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway), 6th. Because it is a Frenchman – cocorico – who completes this top trio: with a fortune estimated at 150 billion dollars, almost double the previous year, it came close to Bernard Arnault and his family (LVMH) are on the second step of the podium. A second Frenchman – a Frenchwoman, to be precise – is making her way into the top 20 billionaires of this world: it is Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, daughter of Liliane Bettencourt (L’Oréal), and her family, who arrive 12th, and whose fortune goes from 48.9 billion dollars in 2020 to 73.6 billion in 2021. Below is the rest of the ranking.

Rang 2021 Last name Fortune (billion $) Origin of fortune Pays
1 Jeff Bezos 177 Amazon United States
2 Elon Musk 151 Tesla United States
3 Bernard Arnault 150 LVMH France
4 Bill Gates 124 Microsoft United States
5 Mark Zuckerberg 97 Facebook United States
6 Warren Buffett 96 Berkshire Hathaway United States
7 Larry Ellison 93 Oracle United States
8 Larry Page 91,5 Google United States
9 Sergey Brin 89 Google United States
10 Mukesh Ambani 84,5 Reliance Industries Inde
11 Amancio Ortega 77 Zara Spain
12 Françoise Bettencourt Meyers 73,6 L’Oreal France
13 Zhong Shanshan 68,9 Nongfu Spring China
14 Steve Ballmer 68,7 Microsoft United States
15 Ma Huateng 65,8 Tencent China
16 Carlos Slim Helu 62,8 Telecoms Mexico
17 Alice Walton 61,8 Wal-Mart United States
18 Jim Walton 60,2 Wal-Mart United States
19 S. Robson Walton 59,5 Wal-Mart United States
20 Michael Bloomberg 59 Bloomberg LP United States

Jeff Bezos has won the title of richest person in the world for the fourth year in a row. With 177 billion dollars in 2021, his fortune climbed 64 billion dollars in one year. The founder of e-commerce giant Amazon will hand over the reins to one of his relatives, Andy Jassy, ​​in the third quarter of 2021, but will remain executive chairman. Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post and Blue Origin, an aerospace company that develops rockets for commercial purposes, Forbes recalls.

Dislodged in 2020 by Alice Walton, daughter of the founder of the multinational Wal-Mart, Sam Walton, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, daughter of Liliane Bettencourt (L’Oréal), who died in September 2017, resumes her place as the richest woman in the world in 2021. His personal fortune is estimated at $ 73.6 billion by the American magazine Forbes. An amount up by more than 50% over one year which makes the Frenchwoman and her family the 12th largest fortune in the world, men and women alike.

The richest women in the world in 2021
Rang Last name Fortune (billion $) Origin of fortune Pays Overall rank (male / female)
1 Françoise Bettencourt Meyers 73,6 L’Oreal France 12
2 Alice Walton 61,8 Wal-Mart United States 17
3 Mackenzie Scott 53 Amazon United States 22
4 Julia Koch 46,4 Divers United States 27
5 Miriam Adelson 38,2 Casinos United States 36

Third richest man in the world, Bernard Arnault (LVMH) establishes himself as the richest Frenchman in the world, with a fortune of 150 billion dollars which has almost doubled compared to the previous year. It is a woman, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers (L’Oréal), who comes in 2nd position in the ranking of the richest French people on the planet. François Pinault ranks 3rd, with $ 42.3 billion, ahead of Alain and Gérard Wertheimer, the heirs of the luxury group Chanel, each with $ 34.5 billion.

The richest French in 2021
Rang Last name Fortune (billion $) Origin of fortune World rank
1 Bernard Arnault 150 LVMH 3
2 Francoise Bettencourt Meyers 73,6 L’Oreal 12
3 Francois Pinault 42,3 Dry 32
4 Alain Wertheimer 34,5 Chanel 41
5 Gérard Wertheimer 34,5 Chanel 41

A citizen of Nigeria, Aliko Dangote remains the richest African, according to Forbes, with assets estimated at $ 11.5 billion, an increase of $ 3.2 billion over one year which has earned him the 191st highest ranking. global fortune against 162nd last year. Where does his fortune come from? Cement, sugar and flour. Divorced, father of three, Aliko Dangote lives in Lagos, Nigeria. He is the richest African for the tenth consecutive year.

Frenchman Bernard Arnault (LVMH) remains the richest European in the world, ahead of Amancio Ortega (Zara), for the second year in a row. The billionaire tricolor has indeed a personal fortune of more than 150 billion dollars when the Spaniard, founder of Zara, tops out at 77 billion dollars.

The richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, the boss of Amazon, is also establishing himself as the richest American, with an estimated fortune of 177 billion dollars in 2021. Aged 57, the billionaire resides in Seattle . He is separated and the father of 4 children. His personal wealth has soared by $ 64 billion in one year.

Mexican Carlos Slim Helu, who made his fortune in telecommunications in particular, remains the richest man in South America. His fortune, however, increased by 21% over one year, to reach 62.8 billion dollars. However, he lost four places in the ranking of the richest men on the planet and came in 16th, ahead of Alice Walton (Wal-Mart).

The Chinese Zhong Shanshan stands out as the richest Asian on the planet and the 13th richest man in the world, thanks to a global wealth estimated by Forbes in 2021 at 68.9 billion dollars. The 66-year-old billionaire draws his fortune from the massive Nongfu Spring beverage company he founded.

With an estimated fortune of $ 11.1 billion, Israeli Eyal Ofer, 70, is the richest man in the Middle East. He is at the head of the Ofer Global group, based in Monaco, active in maritime transport, real estate, technology and finance. He comes in 197th place in the overall ranking of the richest men in the world.

Contrary to popular belief, Vladimir Putin is not the richest man in Russia. At least not according to Forbes, which does not even show it in its ranking of billionaires on the planet. No, according to the magazine, the first Russian fortune in 2021 is that of Alexey Mordashov and his family. Valued at $ 29.1 billion, his assets came from the steel company Severstal, of which he was CEO until 2015.

According to Money, who claims to have spent “hours” interviewing economists and historians in order to compare fortunes at different times, richest man ever is an African: Mansa Mousa (also called Kankou Moussa), ruler of the Mali Empire from 1312 to 1332. How fortunate was he? He was “richer than anyone could describe him,” Money replies.

Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo won $ 105 million before taxes and fees in 2019, which allows him to occupy 4th place in the Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2020, ahead of his best rival, Lionel Messi, from whom he takes over the place of footballer on richest in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo is the first footballer in history to earn $ 1 billion during his playing career.

While the Forbes ranking has long been the author of this matter, the agency Bloomberg also increasingly imposes its methodology. Even if in the end, we find more or less the same businessmen and other heirs. Find out below the Bloomberg ranking as of April 16, 2021.

Bloomberg Ranking of Richest Men
Last name Fortune (billion $) Business Main sector Pays
1 Jeff Bezos 197 Amazon High-Tech United States
2 Elon Musk 189 Tesla Automobile United States
3 Bill Gates 146 Microsoft High-Tech United States
4 Bernard Arnault 142 LVMH Luxe France
5 Mark Zuckerberg 115 Facebook High-Tech United States