Despite being in the Pandemic year the world is getting richer day by day; the study by Forbes shows. The number of billionaires on Forbes’ 35th annual list of the world’s wealthiest exploded to an unprecedented 2,755—660 more than a year ago. Altogether they are worth $13.1 trillion, up from $8 trillion on the 2020 list.
There are a record high 493 newcomers to the list—roughly one new billionaire every 17 hours, including 210 from China and Hong Kong and 98 from the U.S. Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person for the fourth year running, worth $177 billion, up $64 billion from a year ago as a result of surging Amazon shares. Elon Musk—the biggest gainer in dollar terms—rocketed into the No. 2 spot with a $151 billion fortune.
While Kim Kadashian has officially achieved billionaire status for the first time, according to Forbes, who announced her inclusion in their World’s Billionaires list. The publication cited Kim’s two massively lucrative businesses, KKW Beauty and Skims, for the reasons behind her increased wealth, as well as income from Keeping Up With The Kardashians, real estate and various endorsement deals.
On the other hand, Gautam Adani has entered the top 20 list of the world’s billionaires, as per Forbes. Gautam Adani’s net worth is USD 59.9 billion. According to the reports, Adani’s wealth has gone from USD 16.2 billion in 2020 to USD 59.9 billion now. Gautam Adani’s ports-to-energy conglomerate has become India”s third group to cross USD 100 billion in market capitalisation with shares of four of its six listed companies soaring to an all-time high on Tuesday.