By Sheila Dang
April 6 (Reuters) – Forbes’ annual list of world billionaires includes a record 2,755 billionaires, with Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos topping the list for the fourth year in a row, the media company said Tuesday. .
The ranks of the ultra-rich are expanding after a year in which the coronavirus pandemic disrupted global economies and threatened the livelihoods of people around the world.
This year’s billionaires are worth a combined $ 13.1 trillion, up from $ 8 trillion last year, Forbes said.
“The very, very rich got very, very rich,” Forbes chief content officer Randall Lane said in an interview with Reuters Video News.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk jumped to second on the list, up from 31 last year.
Bernard Arnault, CEO of luxury goods firm LVMH, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg round out the top five of the world’s richest billionaires.
Investor and business mogul Warren Buffett fell from the top five for the first time in more than two decades as tech executives dominate Forbes’ rankings.
This year’s list has 493 newcomers, including Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO of the dating app Bumble, which went public this year.
(Reporting by Sheila Dang, edited by Ed Osmond)
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