The boss of Tesla has ejected Jeff Bezos from the first place in the ranking of billionaires established by Forbes magazine. The faces making up the top 10 have hardly changed compared to 2021.
Forbes has just published its ranking of the richest billionaires in the world for the year 2022. If the top three retain the same faces as last year, the first place was delighted by Elon Musk to the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos.
The boss of Tesla and founder of Space X grabs a place in the ranking and rises to the top of the richest people in the world. Since the start of the health crisis, his fortune has soared, from $24.6 billion in 2020 to $219 billion this year.
A dazzling progression. On the other hand, the estimated fortune of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, fell slightly by 6 billion euros in one year, to reach 171 billion dollars, dropping him to second place. Note that the one who gave up his place as CEO of Amazon last year is the only top 10 billionaire to drop in the rankings.
LVMH boss Bernard Arnault, 73, retains third place with an estimated fortune of 158 billion euros, up 8 billion euros from last year. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, also remains in fourth position in the ranking.
Tech still dominates the rankings
The top 10 billionaires compiled by Forbes has not changed much compared to last year, and even the previous one, since the fortunes of almost all of these personalities have soared since the start of the health crisis in 2020. The technology industry remains the most represented. Six of the ten richest billionaires in the world evolve in this sector.
The only highlight is the fall of Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg from fifth to fifteenth position with a fortune estimated at 67.3 billion euros.
He gives way to business tycoon Warren Buffett ($118 billion). In sixth and seventh positions are the two founders of the Google search engine, Larry Page ($111 billion) and Sergey Brin ($107 billion).
Finally, Larry Ellison, the co-founder of the Oracle company comes eighth in the ranking with a fortune estimated at 106 billion dollars, followed by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft from 2010 to 2014, with 91 billion dollars. He is the only new face in this top 10 since he was only fourteenth in 2021.
Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani, considered Asia’s richest man, retains tenth place ($90.7 billion). He runs the Reliance Industries conglomerate, a private company specializing in the petrochemical industry.