If you compare the world before and after the pandemic, you will see drastic changes. In terms of money, we have seen how the economy has suffered all over the world. On a smaller scale, many have started new businesses while others have completely changed their means of income.
Between 2020 and 2021, we’ve heard many Richie Rich’s names in the news. Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and so on.
Now the question: what happened to their wealth during the pandemic? Have they suffered significant losses, just like small business owners?
The evolution of their wealth from 2020 to 2021 will leave you speechless.
The pandemic has made these billionaires richer than ever. Yes, you read that right.
A Oxfam study says the 10 richest men in the world have doubled their wealth during the Covid-19 pandemic. The report further adds that the wealth of the world’s richest men has increased from US$700 billion to US$1.5 trillion.
Well, the pandemic seemed lucky for those big earners. To help you understand how much the top 10 richest men earned and how, we’ve simplified the data for you. The wealth of these richest men is as mentioned in the Annual Forbes Global Billionaires List 2020 and 2021.
1. JEFF BEZOS: $113 billion (2020) to $177 billion (2021)
Amazon Founder and Executive Chairman, Jeff Bezos topped the annual Forbes Global Billionaires 2021 list. His total wealth rose from $113 billion to $177 billion in 2021. And his fortune continues to rise as that his real-time net worth as of January 17 is $188 billion.
2. ELON MUSK: $24.6 billion (2020) to $151 billion (2021)
Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla and founder of SpaceX and The Boring Company. He is also co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI. He owns 23% of Tesla and resigned as chairman in 2018. His real-time net worth is $268.1 billion, making him the richest man right now.
3. BERNARD ARNAULT & FAMILLE: $76 billion (2020) to $150 billion (2021)
Bernard Arnault & famille is the Chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Sephora. Bernard Arnault looks after a total of 70 brands. In November 2019, LVMH announced its takeover of Tiffany & Co for $16.2 billion. Their current net worth is $187.5 billion.
4. BILL GATES: $98 billion (2020) to $124 billion (2021)
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has been on the billionaire list for years. He is also a co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is the second largest charitable foundation in the world. Bill and Melinda announced a divorce in May 2021. His real-time net worth is $134.5 billion.
5. MARK ZUCKERBERG: $54.7 billion (2020) to $97 billion (2021)
Mark Zuckerberg is the co-founder of Meta formerly known as Facebook. Meta also owns WhatsApp and Instagram. Zuckerberg started Facebook in 2004 at Harvard. His net worth is $117 billion right now.
6. WARREN BUFFETT – $67.5 billion (2020) to $96 billion (2021)
Warren Edward Buffett is the CEO and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. He is one of the most successful investors of all time. $116.9 billion is his real-time net worth.
7. LARRY ELLISON – $59 billion (2020) to $93 billion (2021)
Larry Ellison is president, co-founder, and chief technology officer of software company Oracle. He owns about 35% of the company. He also served as CEO of Oracle until 2014. His net worth as of January 17, 2022 is $120.1 billion.
8. LARRY PAGE – $50.9 billion (2020) to $91.5 billion (2021)
Lawrence Edward Page is one of the co-founders of Google. He was CEO of Google from 1997 to August 2001. His current net worth is $119.4 billion.
9. SERGEY BRIN – $49.1 billion (2020) to $89 billion (2021)
Sergey Brin is the other co-founder of Google. Until December 2019, he was chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Brin and Page both remain majority shareholders and members of Alphabet’s board of directors. His real-time net worth is $115.1 billion.
10. MUKESH AMBANI – $36.8 billion (2020) to $84.5 billion (2021)
Indian billionaire on the list, Mukesh Ambani is number 10 on the rich list of 2021. He chairs and heads Reliance Industries. Ambani’s current net worth is $98.5 billion.
These billionaires have earned huge sums even during the pandemic. After compiling this, all I want to say is…
Or open an XD business.