It has been a terrible year for many people, but good times continue to come for America’s richest. For the list of Forbes 400 of richer Americans, members’ collective wealth grew 40% over the past year to $ 4.5 trillion, from $ 3.2 trillion. Almost everyone is richer than a year ago.
The richest person in America, for the fourth year in a row, is Jeff Bezos. This marks the first time someone in The Forbes 400 is worth $ 200 billion or more. In second place is Elon Musk, worth $ 190.5 billion.
Mark Zuckerberg took third place, thanks to a 63% increase in Facebook shares since last year list. Bill Gates ranks fourth, the first time he has not been in one of the top two places in three decades. Gates and Melinda French Gates announced in May that they were divorcing after 27 years; shortly after he transferred to her shares worth about $ 5.7 billion in companies like Deere & Co and Canadian Railway. Melinda French Gates appears on Forbes 400 for the first time this year at No. 158 with a value of $ 6.3 billion.
There were a total of 44 newcomers in the rankings, the richest of whom is 29-year-old cryptocurrency entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried, worth $ 22.5 billion. He is the youngest member of the list and the richest newcomer in the history of The Forbes 400. Two competitors – Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam, co-founders of the Coinbase Global cryptocurrency exchange – also join the 400 list for the first time, after the public . Another newcomer is RJ Scaringe, the founder of Rivian, who is working privately to produce electric trucks and SUVs and counts Amazon and Ford as investors.
Fifty-one billionaires fell out of the rankings, including Donald Trump and Oprah Winfrey — both captured by other billionaires.
The number of women in the Forbes 400 is unchanged from a year ago to 56. The richest woman in America, for the seventh year in a row, is the heiress of Walmart, Alice Walton, worth about 67.9 billion dollars.
The oldest member is Ted Lerner, who will turn 96 in mid-October. The other two current 95-year-olds, Alice Schwartz and David Gottesman, will turn 96 next year. In addition to 29-year-old newcomer Sam Bankman-Fried, 14 other members of the list are under 40 years old.
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