20 richest people in the world – 2022

(ORDO NEWS) — Forbes has published the next, 36th, global ranking of dollar billionaires. The first line was taken by Elon Musk for the first time, having risen from the second place. Two years ago, the head of SpaceX and Tesla was only in 31st place.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Wealth: $219 billion

Source: Tesla, SpaceX

Age: 50

Citizenship: USA

Last year, the head of Tesla sold more than $16 billion worth of shares in the electric car maker in two months, arguably resulting in the biggest annual tax on a private individual in history. However, for Musk, this is hardly of great importance – over the past year, his fortune has grown by $ 68 billion.

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

Wealth: $171 billion

Source: Amazon

Age: 58

Citizenship: USA

For the first time in four years, Jeff Bezos is no longer the richest man in the world. His net worth is $6 billion less than a year ago as Amazon shares fell 3%. Since stepping down as CEO in July, he has moved on to other projects: Bezos’ commercial space company Blue Origin, for example, sent him into space last summer. He also bought a superyacht and began to do more charitable work, donating more than $1 billion to organizations such as the Barack Obama Foundation and environmental groups.

Bernard Arnault and family

Bernard Arnault and family

Wealth: $158 billion

Source: LVMH

Age: 73

Citizenship: France

Having boosted his fortune by $8 billion thanks to the success of the Louis Vuitton and Dior brands, which was not prevented even by the coronavirus pandemic, the longtime head of the LVMH empire is looking to expand his holdings. The French conglomerate has asked shareholders to approve an increase in the maximum CEO age from 75 to 80. He will probably use the extra time to decide which of his five children will succeed him.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Wealth: $129 billion

Source: Microsoft

Age: 66

Citizenship: USA

The divorced Microsoft co-founder is an active book writer. Last year, his book on how to deal with climate change was published, and tips on how to prevent a new pandemic will be published in May. In March, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined a coalition that is developing drug candidates to fight future global epidemics.

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

Wealth: $118 billion

Source: Berkshire Hathaway

Age: 91

Citizenship: USA

Berkshire Hathaway shares set new records after a string of deals. Last fall, Buffett made a timely bet on Activision Blizzard, investing $1.1 billion in shares in the video game developer three months before Microsoft agreed to buy the company for $69 billion. This year, amid rising oil prices, he grabbed $7 shares of Occidental Petroleum Buffett made his biggest acquisition in years when Berkshire agreed to buy insurance company Alleghany for $11.6 billion in March.

Larry Page

Larry Page

Wealth: $111 billion

Source: Alphabet

Age: 49

Citizenship: USA

Last year, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who jointly own a majority stake and sit on the board of parent company Alphabet, began selling shares for the first time since 2017. Forbes estimates that since May 2021, each has raised more than $1 billion.

Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin

Wealth: $107 billion

Source: Alphabet

Age: 48

Citizenship: USA

Last year, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who jointly own a majority stake and sit on the board of parent company Alphabet, began selling shares for the first time since 2017. Forbes estimates that since May 2021, each has raised more than $1 billion.

Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

Wealth: $106 billion

Source: Oracle

Age: 77

Citizenship: USA

Oracle’s chairman and former CEO is over $10 billion richer this year as shareholders approved the company’s move to the cloud. In September, Ellison bought the Lake Tahoe resort for $345 million. His huge real estate portfolio includes the Hawaiian island of Lanai, which he bought for $300 million in 2012, and at least 10 properties on the luxurious Carbon Beach in Malibu.

Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

Wealth: $91.4 billion

Source: Microsoft

Age: 66

Citizenship: USA

Forbes now values ​​the Los Angeles Clippers, which the former Microsoft CEO bought for a whopping $2 billion eight years ago, at $3.3 billion. by more than 600% and increased his fortune by more than $65 billion.

Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani

Wealth: $90.7 billion

Source: various assets

Age: 64

Citizenship: India

Last year, the oil and gas magnate (his company Reliance owns the world’s largest refinery complex in the Indian state of Gujarat) switched to renewable energy. Reliance says it will invest $80 billion in environmental projects over the next 10 to 15 years, including $10 billion to build four large renewable energy facilities near the refinery. In January, the company announced it would pay $98 million for a controlling stake in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan.

Gautam Adani and family

Gautam Adani and family

Net worth: $90 billion

Source: infrastructure, raw materials

Age: 59

Citizenship: India

Since last year, Adani’s fortune has grown by almost $40 billion (and tenfold since 2020) as the shares of his listed companies jumped on the rise in profits. The most notable example is Adani Green Energy. Adani plans to invest up to $70 billion to become the world’s largest renewable energy supplier by 2030. The billionaire dropped out of university and refused to work in his father’s fabric store, and in 1988 he founded a company exporting raw materials. Now he also has projects related to ports and airports.

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

Net worth: $82 billion

Source: Bloomberg LP

Age: 80

Citizenship: USA

In November, the man whose terminals are used by all of Wall Street pledged to donate $120 million to fight drug overdose deaths, and in December gave $750 million to fund independent schools. In addition, during the 2020 election campaign, the former mayor of New York spent $1.2 billion to support the Democratic Party (including more than $1 billion for his own aborted bid for the White House). He’s been shorting more often in 2022, and warned Democrats in a recent op-ed that “unless the course is corrected immediately, the party will be crushed in November.”

Carlos Slim Elu

Carlos Slim Helu

Wealth: $81.2 billion

Source: telecommunications

Age: 82

Citizenship: Mexico

The telecom mogul is $18.4 billion richer since last year as shares in his América Movíl rose 44%. At the end of 2020, Slim sold his stake in the New York Times when the stock was hovering above $40. In 2015, he exercised warrants to buy these shares at a price of about $6.

Francoise Bettencourt

Françoise Bettencourt-Myers and family

Wealth: $74.8 billion

Source: L’Oreal

Age: 68

Citizenship: France

The world’s richest woman is vice-chairman of the cosmetics empire L’Oréal, which her chemist grandfather founded in 1909. Her newest brand, number 36, is Youth to the People, a Los Angeles-based vegan skincare firm that was acquired in December.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Wealth: $67.3 billion

Source: Meta

Age: 37

Citizenship: USA

In October, Facebook changed its name to Meta Platforms (described as extremist and banned in Russia) as Zuckerberg set out to create a techtopia with vague (and possibly unfavorable) prospects called “metavers”. He has every reason to hide from the real world, where Meta’s stock has tumbled 50% since its peak in September. For the first time in six years, he is no longer among the ten richest people in the world.

Jim Walton

Jim Walton

Wealth: $66.2 billion

Source: Walmart

Age: 73

Citizenship: USA

The son of Walmart founder Sam Walton is chairman of the $27 billion family bank Arvest Bank.

Zhong Shanshan

Zhong Shanshan

Wealth: $65.7 billion

Source: drinks, pharmaceuticals

Age: 67

Nationality: China

Zhong, who did not even finish elementary school, has become China’s richest man for the second year in a row. In 1996, he founded the bottled water company Nongfu Spring. Its shares have fallen more than 15% over the past year. The drop was partly offset by a rise in shares of COVID-19 test maker Beijing Wantai Biological Pharmacy, in which it owns a 75% stake.

Alice Walton

Alice Walton

Wealth: $65.3 billion

Source: Walmart

Age: 72

Citizenship: USA

Sam Walton’s only daughter founded the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. In November, her nephew’s wife, Olivia Walton, succeeded her as museum chairman. Alice remains on the board.

Rob Walton

Rob Walton

Net worth: $65 billion

Source: Walmart

Age: 77

Citizenship: USA

Rob remained chairman of Walmart for 23 years, until 2015. Since last year, Walton and his siblings have sold more than $7 billion worth of retail stock, but remain the largest shareholders.

Changpeng Zhao

Changpeng Zhao

Net worth: $65 billion

Source: cryptocurrencies

Age: 45

Citizenship: Canada

Zhao became the richest person in the cryptocurrency space thanks to a share of about 70% in the Binance cryptocurrency exchange. In his role as CEO, CZed, as he is known, has built Binance into the largest cryptocurrency exchange by transaction volume since its founding in 2017. In January, Zhao announced that Binance plans to spend $200 million to buy a minority stake in Forbes through a deal with SPAC.

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