THE COVID BILLIONAIRES
Despite the devastation of the pandemic, the world’s richest had an incredible 12 months. Our annual ranking of the globe’s largest fortunes listed a record 2,755 billionaires, worth an aggregate $13.1 trillion. On average, a new billionaire was minted every 17 hours over the past year. Readers were of two minds about the news.
“It’s absolutely disgusting that homelessness exists, never mind food banks, when the number of billionaires triples* each year.” *Actual figure: Up 31.5% over 2020. —Ed.
“So grateful to Forbes for providing us with a menu for when we get ready to eat the rich.”
“Love it. All this billionaire energy! Shout-out to the women billionaires! Congrats to the males as well. I am an upcoming billionaire. See you at the top.”
“Out of all of them, the only one making a major impact for the future is Elon Musk.”
“Thank you for working hard & all the jobs you guys have created so thousands of people have health insurance, food on the table & better education.”
“List the amount of taxes they paid next.”