By YEET MAGAZINE | Updated 0518 GMT (1318 HKT) August 5, 2021

Richest man in the world: Jeff Bezos still No. 1

In the 2021 edition of the Forbes ranking of richest men, the founder of Amazon remains in the lead. However, he is closely followed by his pursuer who, this year, is called Elon Musk. Frenchman Bernard Arnault completes the podium.


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The year 2020 will have been beneficial for billionaires . Their number increased from 2,095 in 2019 to 2,755, Forbes figure in the 2021 edition of its ranking of the world's greatest fortunes. A higher history, notes the American magazine. Another record: this list has nearly 493 newcomers, or nearly 18% including 210 fortunes from China and Hong Kong. The fact, justify the authors of the classification, "of flash IPOs , of a surge in cryptocurrencies and stock prices".

250 ex-billionaires are also making their comeback in the rankings. Another sign that it is hovering for billionaires: 86% of them saw their wealth increase compared to the previous year. Together, billionaires around the world are  worth $ 13 trillion, up from "just" 8,000 in 2020.

What about the richest among the richest? Jeff Bezos (Amazon) still leads in 2021, with a fortune estimated by Forbes at $ 177 billion. But his pursuer, at the origin of one of the biggest upheavals in the ranking this year, is not very far: at the head of a jackpot of 151 billion dollars, the rocket Elon Musk ( Tesla ) exceeds historical ones like Bill Gates (Microsoft), 4th this year, or Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway), 6th. Because it is a Frenchman - cocorico - who completes this top trio: with a fortune estimated at 150 billion dollars, almost double the previous year, it came close to Bernard Arnault and his family (LVMH) take the second step of the podium. A second Frenchman - a Frenchwoman, to be precise - is making her way into the top 20 billionaires of this world: it is Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, daughter of Liliane Bettencourt (L'Oréal), and her family, who arrive 12th, and whose fortune goes from 48.9 billion dollars in 2020 to 73.6 billion in 2021. Below is the rest of the ranking.

Who are the richest men in the world in 2021?

Rank 2021Last nameFortune (billion $)Origin of fortuneCountry
1Jeff Bezos177AmazonUnited States
2Elon musk151You're hereUnited States
3Bernard Arnault150LVMHFrance
4Bill Gates124MicrosoftUnited States
5Mark Zuckerberg97Facebook United States
6Warren Buffett96Berkshire HathawayUnited States
7Larry Ellison93OracleUnited States
8Larry Page91.5GoogleUnited States
9Sergey Brin89GoogleUnited States
10Mukesh Ambani84.5Reliance IndustriesIndia
11Amancio Ortega77Zara Spain
12Françoise Bettencourt Meyers73.6L'Oreal France
13Zhong Shanshan68.9Nongfu SpringChina
14Steve ballmer68.7MicrosoftUnited States
15Ma Huateng65.8Tencent China
16Carlos Slim Helu 62.8Telecoms Mexico 
17Alice walton 61.8Wal-MartUnited States
18Jim walton60.2Wal-MartUnited States
19S. Robson Walton 59.5Wal-MartUnited States
20Michael bloomberg 59Bloomberg LP United States

Who is the richest man in the world?

Jeff Bezos has won the title of richest person in the world for the fourth year in a row. With $ 177 billion in 2021, his fortune soared by $ 64 billion in one year. The founder of e-commerce giant Amazon will hand over the reins to one of his relatives, Andy Jassy, ​​in the third quarter of 2021, but will remain executive chairman. Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post and Blue Origin, an aerospace company that develops rockets for commercial purposes, Forbes recalls.

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Who is the richest woman in the world?

Dislodged in 2020 by Alice Walton, daughter of the founder of the multinational Wal-Mart, Sam Walton, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, daughter of Liliane Bettencourt (L'Oréal), who died in September 2017, resumes her place as the richest woman in the world in 2021. His personal fortune is estimated at $ 73.6 billion by the American magazine Forbes. An amount up by more than 50% over one year which makes the Frenchwoman and her family the 12th largest fortune in the world, men and women alike.

The richest women in the world in 2021
RankLast nameFortune (billion $)Origin of fortuneCountryOverall rank (male / female)
1Françoise Bettencourt Meyers73.6L'Oreal France12
2Alice walton 61.8Wal-MartUnited States17
3Mackenzie scott53AmazonUnited States22
4Julia koch46.4VariousUnited States27
5Miriam Adelson38.2CasinosUnited States36

Who is the richest in France?

Third richest man in the world, Bernard Arnault (LVMH) establishes himself as the richest Frenchman in the world, with a fortune of 150 billion dollars which has almost doubled compared to the previous year. It is a woman, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers (L'Oréal), who arrives in 2nd position in the ranking of the richest French people on the planet. François Pinault ranks 3rd, with $ 42.3 billion, ahead of Alain and Gérard Wertheimer, the heirs of the luxury group Chanel, with each $ 34.5 billion.

The richest French in 2021
RankLast nameFortune (billion $)Origin of fortuneWorld rank
1Bernard Arnault150LVMH3
2Francoise Bettencourt Meyers73.6L'Oreal12
3Francois Pinault42.3Kering32
4Alain Wertheimer34.5Chanel41
5Gerard Wertheimer34.5Chanel41

Who is the richest man in Africa?

A citizen of Nigeria, Aliko Dangote remains the richest African, according to Forbes, with assets estimated at $ 11.5 billion, an increase of $ 3.2 billion over one year which has earned him the 191st highest ranking. global fortune against 162nd last year. Where does his fortune come from? Cement, sugar and flour. Divorced, father of three, Aliko Dangote lives in Lagos, Nigeria. He is the richest African for the tenth consecutive year.

Who is the richest man in Europe?

Frenchman Bernard Arnault (LVMH) remains the richest European in the world, ahead of Amancio Ortega (Zara), for the second year in a row. The tricolor billionaire has indeed a personal fortune of more than 150 billion dollars when the Spaniard, founder of Zara, tops out at 77 billion dollars.

Who is the richest American?

The richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, the boss of Amazon, is also establishing himself as the richest American, with an estimated fortune of 177 billion dollars in 2021. Aged 57, the billionaire resides in Seattle . He is separated and the father of 4 children. His personal wealth has soared by $ 64 billion in one year.

Who is the richest man in South America?

Mexican Carlos Slim Helu, who made his fortune in telecommunications in particular, remains the richest man in South America. His fortune, however, increased by 21% over one year, to reach 62.8 billion dollars. However, he lost four places in the ranking of the richest men on the planet and came in 16th, ahead of Alice Walton (Wal-Mart).

Who is the richest man in Asia?

The Chinese Zhong Shanshan stands out as the richest Asian on the planet and the 13th richest man in the world, thanks to a global wealth estimated by Forbes in 2021 at 68.9 billion dollars. The 66-year-old billionaire draws his fortune from the massive Nongfu Spring beverage company he founded.

Who is the richest man in the Middle East?

With an estimated fortune of $ 11.1 billion, Israeli Eyal Ofer, 70, is the richest man in the Middle East. He is at the head of the Ofer Global group, based in Monaco, active in maritime transport, real estate, technology and finance. He comes in 197th place in the overall ranking of the richest men in the world.

Who is the richest man in Russia?

Contrary to popular belief, Vladimir Putin is not the richest man in Russia. At least not according to Forbes, which does not even show it in its ranking of billionaires on the planet. No, according to the magazine, the first Russian fortune in 2021 is that of Alexey Mordashov and his family. Valued at $ 29.1 billion, his assets came from the steel company Severstal, of which he was CEO until 2015.

Who is the richest man of all time?

According to Money , who claims to have spent "hours" interviewing economists and historians to compare fortunes at different times, the richest man of all time is an African: Mansa Mousa (also called Kankou Moussa ), ruler of the Mali Empire from 1312 to 1332. How fortunate was he? He was "richer than anyone could describe him," Money replies.

Who is the richest footballer?

Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo won $ 105 million before taxes and fees in 2019, which allows him to occupy 4th place in the Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2020, ahead of his best rival, Lionel Messi, from whom he takes over the place of footballer on richest in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo is the first footballer in history to earn $ 1 billion during his playing career.

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While the  Forbes ranking has long prevailed in the matter, the Bloomberg agency is  also increasingly imposing its methodology. Even if in the end, we find more or less the same businessmen and other heirs. Discover the Bloomberg ranking  as of April 16, 2021 below .

Bloomberg Ranking of Richest Men
 Last nameFortune (billion $)BusinessMain sectorCountry
1Jeff Bezos197AmazonHigh-TechUnited States
2Elon musk189You're hereAutomotiveUnited States
3Bill Gates146MicrosoftHigh-TechUnited States
4Bernard Arnault142LVMHLuxuryFrance
5 Mark Zuckerberg115FacebookHigh-TechUnited States


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