With two days to go, the world’s 500 richest people earned a total of $1.2 trillion (about $8.39 trillion) in 2019, up 25 percent, according to Bloomberg. Among them, the number of chinese millionaires in the top 500 rose to 54. Overall, the wealth of only 52 people in the rankings fell during the year. Bezos, the world’s richest man and founder of Amazon, is one of them.
Amazon founder Bezos has a fortune of about $116bn (HK$904.8bn), a yearly decline of about $9bn ($70.2bn), but has finally held the crown of the world’s richest man, according to statistics.
Back in January, Bezos announced his divorce from his wife of 25 years, Mackenzie Bezos, which made her one of the world’s richest women, but because he paid $38 billion in break-up fees, causing her to plummet.
Microsoft founder Robert Gates is second on the 500 richest list, with an increase in wealth of about $22.7 billion a year.
The third was Bernard Arnault, chairman of the luxury brand LVMH, with a fortune of $36.5bn. He was also the biggest gainer on the list.
The group operates a wide range of luxury goods, beyond the imagination of the general public, from bags, perfumes, fashion to watches, is the world’s largest boutique group. Givenchy, Dior, Bulgari, Garland, LV are all branded!
It’s worth noting that Russia’s rich have been dark horses on the list this year, thanks to a surge in the country’s stock market and a surge in currency. The 23 Russian billionaires on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index added $52.9 billion to their wealth in 2019, the highest level in four years. Vladimir Potanin, a 58-year-old metals tycoon, led the group with $8.5bn.