Forbes launched its annual checklist of the 400 wealthiest Americans final week. As at all times, the 2021 version features a mix of good guys, dangerous guys, and gross elites.
First, it’s disappointing to see Jeff Bezos edge out Elon Musk on the prime:
1. Jeff Bezos, internet value of $201 billion
2. Elon Musk, $190.5 billion
Bezos’ ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, ranks fifteenth at $58.5 billion. Good for her.
The relaxation of the highest 10 is made up of the standard suspects, in order:
3. Mark Zuckerberg, $134.5 billion
4. Bill Gates, $134 billion
5. Larry Page, $123 billion
6. Sergey Brin, $118.5 billion
7. Larry Ellison, $117.3 billion
8. Warren Buffett, $102 billion
9. Steve Ballmer, $96.5 billion
10. Michael Bloomberg $70 billion
For these vying to make the checklist in 2022, the bottom internet value to make the checklist in 2021 got here in at $2.9 billion, up from $800 million from a yr in the past, in a 12-way tie. So there’s hope.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey ranks 53rd at $14.9 billion.
Moderna additionally had a presence on the checklist for its COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna’s chairman, Noubar Afeyan, board member Robert Langer, and early investor Timothy Springer every made their debut on this yr’s checklist:
- 176 — Timothy Springer, $5.9 billion
- 212 — Noubar Afeyan, $5 billion
- 222 — Robert Langer, $2.9 billion
Steve Ballmer, proprietor of the LA Clippers, is the richest individual in sports activities, however he’s labeled in the tech class for his involvement with Microsoft. That stated, the sports activities class was properly represented on the checklist. Take a glance:
Forbes added our good pal, Mark Cuban, proprietor of the Dallas Mavericks, in the media class at 247th total with a $4.5 billion internet value.
Forbes is selling this yr’s checklist as the autumn of Donald Trump, with a sidebar saying Trump didn’t make the highest 400 for the primary time in 25 years.
Overall, the collective fortune of the 400 wealthiest Americans elevated 40% over the past yr, to $4.5 trillion. The wealthy received richer, practically all of them did. Forbes stated fortunes have been calculated utilizing inventory costs and trade charges from September 3, 2021. See the total checklist right here.