Covid has been good for the rich, with fortunes soaring – a fact confirmed by the latest Bloomberg Billionaires Index which this week confirmed Jeff Bezos as the world’s wealthiest person.
Bezos’ net worth now stands at a staggering $197.9 billion after frantic online shopping through his company Amazon during the Covid 19 lockdowns saw his fortune by $48 billion.
The Amazon mogul’s ever-expanding wealth perhaps comes as no surprise. What is notable, however, is that Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have joined him in the fabled ranks of the uber-uber-(uber)-rich.
The pair are now worth $103.6 billion and $100.2 billion respectively, thanks to a surge in tech stocks.
This makes Page and Brin the newest member of an exclusive club with only eight members in the world: The Centibillionaires.
Already sitting comfortably in the club are: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gate, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.
Notably, it’s a list heavy in American tech investors, with only Arnault and Buffett having made their money in more traditional ways (luxury goods and property). In a blow to equality, it is also notable that the richest people in the world are all men, and all white.
But, how much do we really know about these men and how they amassed such massive fortunes? From dorm-room innovations to nepotism, let’s take a look.
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