World’s richest people got richer in 2021; Africa’s billionaires miss top 10

January 2, 2022
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The top 10 richest people in the world added $402 billion to their already enormous fortunes in 2021and Tesla CEO Elon Musk was the biggest wealth gainer, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index

Among them is Tesla owner Elon Musk who started 2021 with a net worth of $156 billion ended it with around $277 billion.  He gained $140 billion in 2020.

Much of the income Musk made in 2021 has been spent on SpaceX, the private space rocket company he founded in 2002. He has already launched more than 1,600 satellites, including a recent launch on Dec. 18.

Following is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, 57, now worth $190, having gained $4.5 billion more than what he gained in 2020.

Also on the list is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who added nearly $25 billion to his fortune in 2020. He’s worth $128 billion, according to Bloomberg.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates began 2022 with $139 billion–$7 billion higher than he entered 2021 with a value of $132 billion.

Google co-founder Larry Page in 2021 added $47 billion to the $83 billion he had coming into 2022. Fellow Google co-founder Sergey Brin is also now worth $125 billion, thanks to a 2021 gain of $45 billion.

French luxury goods seller, Bernard Arnault also saw his fortune leap to $176 billion after making more than $61 billion. He’s the only non U.S billionaire to have cracked Bloomberg’s 2021 top 10 list in terms of total wealth.

The top 10, Bloomberg stated, are worth more than $100 billion.

None of Africa’s richest people made the cut

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