How Many Billionaires Are in the World? And Who Tops The List?

Published November 7th, 2021 - 08:57 GMT
How Many Billionaires Are in the World? And Who Tops The List?
While those holding the top positions in the billionaire's top are all well established and have years of experience, that does not mean that there aren’t any young billionaires! (shutterstock)
Highlights
According to Forbes’ 35th Annual World’s Billionaires List, there are currently 2,755 billionaires around the world with a total worth of $13.1 trillion!

Whether it is talking about or stalking leading celebrities and business people, we are all guilty of thinking about the luxurious lifestyles right at their fingertips. However, there are rich people and then there are billionaires who feel like they have the whole world under their command! 

So how many billionaires are in the world? And who exactly leads the billionaire race? 

According to Forbes’ 35th Annual World’s Billionaires List, there are currently 2,755 billionaires around the world with a total worth of $13.1 trillion! One would think that after the devastation that the pandemic has caused, the list will shrink. However, that was not the case! It is said that there are 660 more billionaires this year than there were in 2020. As of writing, topping the billionaires list is Elon Musk with a total net worth of $338B (as of 07/11/2021), followed by Jeff Bezos and Bernard Arnault with $202B and $172B, respectively. With 9 out of the top 10 billionaires worldwide being from the US, the US has the highest number (724) of billionaires world wide. Chinese businessman, Zhong Shanshan, is the richest Chinese billionaire out of all 698 billionaires in China, with $66.7B. With 140 billionaires, India holds the third place, followed by Germany and Russia, respectively. We shouldn’t also forget co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, who was once the richest person in the world. Despite the fact that he no longer is, he still has a total net worth of $138B making him the fourth richest billionaire in the world. 

Now that we all know that entrepreneur and business magnate Elon Musk is currently leading the billionaires list, it is important to also remember that Jeff Bezos is continuously battling for that top spot as well. Both business moguls have traded the titles several times this year, and even though Musk seems to be ahead in the game, we should never forget that it was Bezos who became the first person to be worth $200B across the globe. 

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Source: Twitter (@JeffBezos)

While those holding the top positions in the billionaire's top are all well established and have years of experience, that does not mean that there aren’t any young billionaires! In fact, the youngest billionaire is 18-year old Kevin David Lehmann, who inherited his father’s stocks in German drug-store dm-drogerie markt. Chinese Wang Zelong also inherited stakes in CNNC Hua Yuan Titanium Dioxide Co., making him the second youngest billionaire with a total net worth of $1.9B. 

Ultimately, whether it is young or older people, the world's billionaires seem to be getting richer and increasing in number over the years. Do you think more people will be joining the billionaires club in 2022? Share your thoughts with us! 


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