Elon Musk, from Tesla and Space X, is the richest person in the world in 2022, with an estimated fortune of US$ 219 billion (R$ 1.021 trillion), according to a ranking by the American magazine Forbes released this week. Tuesday (5). It’s the first time he’s appeared in the first place. musk earned $68 billion in one year, following a 33% jump in Tesla stock.
He left Jeff Bezos in second place, with $171 billion (R$ 797.25 billion), leader of the list for four years. The Amazon founder lost his post as Amazon stock plummeted and his charitable donations took $6 billion out of his fortune.
Bezos is followed by Bernard Arnault, from luxury fashion group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy), with $158 billion. The Frenchman made $8 billion in a year.
Below is a list of the ten richest people on the planet:
- 1st Elon Musk (Tesla and Space X): $219 billion
- 2nd Jeff Bezos (Amazon): $171 billion
- 3rd Bernard Arnault (Louis Vuitton): $158 billion
- 4th Bill Gates (Microsoft): $129 billion
- 5th Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway, Investments): $118 billion
- 6th Larry Page (Google): $111 billion
- 7th Sergey Brin (Google): $107 billion
- 8th Larry Ellison (Oracle): $106 billion
- 9th Steve Ballmer (Microsoft): $91.4 billion
- 10th Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries): $90.7 billion
The world’s 2,668 billionaires own $12.7 trillion
The world has 2,668 billionaires, who together have $12.7 trillion. That’s 87 fewer people than last year, when 2,755 billionaires had $13.1 trillion.
In total, 329 people who were in last year’s ranking are no longer in 2022, the biggest drop since 2009, after the global financial crisis.
With war, 34 Russians are no longer billionaires
The United States is the country with the most billionaires on the list (735), according to Forbes. Their fortune totals US$ 4.7 trillion (R$ 21.91 trillion) this year.
China (including Macau and Hong Kong) comes in second, with 607 billionaires, whose wealth totals US$2.3 trillion. 10.72 trillion).
Then comes India (166), Germany (134) and Russia (83).
With the invasion of Ukraine and Western sanctions on Russia, the country lost 34 billionaires between 2021 and 2022. The 83 names that remain have seen their fortunes fall or stagnate within a year.
In total, these Russians have $320 billion, down 45% from last year’s $584.
Rihanna debuts on the list
But 236 names debuted on the list, including singer Rihanna ($1.7 billion) and filmmaker Peter Jackson ($1.5 billion).
Barbados, a small Caribbean country, appears in the ranking for the first time thanks to Rihanna, who is from there. Also new are Bulgaria, Estonia and Uruguay.
To arrive at the numbers, Forbes considers stock quotes calculated on March 11 this year.