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OFFICIAL: Record-breaking number of billionaires across the planet

 Published on: 6th September 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Forbes’ 35th annual world’s billionaires list released earlier this year revealed a record-breaking 2,755 billionaires, including 493 newcomers—unprecedented by any measure, especially in a year in which large economies around the world were hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Altogether they are worth $13.1trillion, up from $8trillion on the 2020 list.

Kerry A. Dolan, assistant managing editor, Wealth, said: “This was a record-breaking year in multiple ways, with more newcomers than ever before and more billionaires globally.

“It was also the first time that the combined net worth of the world’s billions crossed into double-digit trillions. The pace at which huge fortunes have been created is astonishing.”

In a comprehensive essay, titled “Operation Wealth Speed,” chief content officer Randall Lane writes: “While the initial reaction to the billionaire surge of 2021 will lean toward outrage, the underlying trends offer a road map to greater prosperity for all. Like anything else salvaged from a once-a-century plague, we just need to be brave enough to harness it.”

Despite the turmoil that we’ve seen, Lane writes, people are defying the odds to overcome challenges.

Key Factoids for the 2021 World’s Billionaires list:

Top Five: Soon-to-be former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos retains the top spot on this year’s ranking for the fourth consecutive year.

Elon Musk rocketed into the number two spot, up from No. 31 on last year’s ranking.

Bernard Arnault of LVMH remains at No. 3, followed by Bill Gates, No. 4. Rounding out the top five on this year’s ranking is Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

This is the first year Warren Buffett has not been among the top five richest in more than two decades.

Newcomers: Among the list of notable newcomers is Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of dating app Bumble, which went public in February of this year. Here is a look inside this year’s newcomers and their stories.

Self-Made: The 2021 ranking features a record 1,975 self-made billionaires, who have built a company or established a fortune on their own.

Women: There are 328 female billionaires, up from 241 in 2020.

Globally: Asia-Pacific boasts the most billionaires, with 1,149, followed by the United States with 724 and Europe with 628.

While plenty of the listed billionaires have no doubt worked tirelessly for their wealth, with international betting site, Lottoland, reaching billionaire status has never been such an attainable dream.

The popular site allows UK citizens access to the biggest lotto jackpots in the world, including the supersized MegaMillions and PowerBall draws from the US.

The biggest lottery jackpots of all time belong to the aforementioned American, multi-state lottos.

For many years, the Mega Millions $656million jackpot held the record, however rule changes to both the Powerball and Mega Millions formats in 2015 and 2017 resulted in the first billion dollar jackpots in 2016 and 2018.

Traditionally, if you play a national lottery in a given country, then you must be a resident in that country. However, at Lottoland, you can become a billionaire playing the Powerball lottery regardless of where you live.

What’s more, to guarantee your winnings, at Lottoland they are secured by the world’s leading insurers, ensuring that all your winnings are guaranteed to be paid in full as if you had won the official jackpot.

But Lottoland have so many more dimensions – they offer you the chance to become a millionaire every single day!

Forbes’ billionaires list, edited by Kerry A. Dolan, Jennifer Wang and Chase Peterson-Withorn, is among Forbes’ most visually striking ever and includes custom header artwork that takes inspiration from currency around the world.

It also features sophisticated black-and-white photography of the newcomers and a new interactive element embedded directly into the list itself, allowing our audience to explore each individual billionaire’s wealth stats, key facts and the names of other Forbes lists on which they appear.

The Forbes World’s Billionaires list is a snapshot of wealth using stock prices and exchange rates from March 5, 2021.

Forbes champions success by celebrating those who have made it, and those who aspire to make it.

It convenes and curates the most influential leaders and entrepreneurs who are driving change, transforming business and making a significant impact on the world.

The Forbes brand today reaches more than 140 million people worldwide through its trusted journalism, signature LIVE and Forbes Virtual events, custom marketing programs and 32 licensed local editions in 71 countries.

To view their full list, visit www.forbes.com/billionaires

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