Tech Barons Dominate Forbes’ Billionaire Rankings; Musk leads

The magazine Forbes released this Tuesday, 5th, the 36th edition of its traditional list of the richest people in the world in 2021, totaling 2,668 billionaires (last year, there were 2,275). Among the top 10 positions, 7 are men from the American technology sector, who were or are currently CEOs of these giant companies with a worldwide reach.

The richest man in the world is Elon Musk, chairman of electric car maker Tesla and space exploration company SpaceX. He has a net worth valued at US$ 219 billion, a huge leap in relation to 2020, when the ranking of Forbes pointed out that the CEO owned a “mere” US$ 24.6 billion, in the 31st position at that time. Last year, already in second place in the ranking, the assets were estimated at US$ 151 billion.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, lost the top spot after four years and now has a fortune of $171 billion, down slightly from last year ($177 billion) but still higher than in 2020 ($177 billion). 113 billion)

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates retained fourth place with $129 billion, up $5 billion from last year. Oracle Executive Chairman Larry Ellison appears as the 8th richest man in the world, with a net worth of $106 billion. He appears behind Larry Page ($111 billion) and Sergey Brin ($107 billion), founders of Google.

Who does not appear in the spotlight is Mark Zuckerberg, owner of the conglomerate with the largest social networks in the world (Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp). Last year he was ranked 5th, but after Facebook lost $252 billion in market value in a single day, Zuckerberg dropped to 15th with a fortune of $67.3 billion.

Apple’s executive chairman, Tim Cook, appears with “only” US$ 2 billion, in the 1513th position. Laurene Powell, widow of founder Steve Jobs, appears in 110th position, with a net worth of US$ 16.4 billion due to investments in Apple and Disney that the billionaire inherited from her husband.

Steve Ballmer, who ran Microsoft from 1998 to 2014, appeared in the top 10 with $91.4 billion.


Repeating the appearance in other rankings released by Forbes, investor Jorge Paulo Lemann appears in the first position among Brazilians (117th overall) with an estimated fortune of US$ 15.4 billion. The businessman is followed by Eduardo Saverin, ex-Facebook, who fell 45 positions in the ranking – the billionaire’s sum is now US$ 10.6 billion. Last year, the total reached US$ 14.6 billion. Saverin lost $4.3 billion in February this year after Facebook’s balance sheet showed a loss of users for the first time in the company’s history.

The novelty was with the newcomers in the American list. Henrique Dubugras, 26, and Pedro Franceschini, 25, founders of the startup Brex, were added to the ranking thanks to the growth in the vault: the estimated fortune is US$ 1.5 billion each. Brex is a company created by Brazilians in Silicon Valley, USA, that offers a fast payment and credit solution for local startups.

In addition to the two young men, Sasson Dayan, 82, from the Daycoval bank, is on the list of new billionaires, with a fortune of US$ 1.3 billion. The three “newbies” join the group that also recently joined the list: David Vélez, founder of Nubank, was one of the newcomers in 2020.


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