Forbes magazine released its list of the world’s greatest fortunes this week. As usual, two Moroccan names come up in this ranking: Aziz Akhannouch and Othmane Benjelloun.
The current Minister of Agriculture, Marine Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests thus maintains his first place in Morocco, and ranks 1435th in the world with a fortune estimated at 1.7 billion dollars. It lost 300 million dollars compared to last year and 700 million between 2018 and 2020.
For his part, Othmane Benjelloun comes in second place, with a fortune estimated at $ 1 billion. Chairman and CEO of BMCE Bank Of Africa, he is ranked 2170th in the world in this ranking.
“The richest people in the world are not immune to the coronavirus. As the pandemic tightened its grip on Europe and the United States, global stock markets exploded, affecting several fortunes. Among the billionaires who remain, 51% are poorer than last year. In gross terms, the world’s billionaires are worth $ 8 trillion, down $ 700 billion from 2019,” said the magazine.
Globally, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, along with his family, ranks first in the world as the world’s largest fortune, estimated at $ 147.2 billion. He is ahead of Bill Gates ($ 108.3 billion), boss of Microsoft, Frenchman Bernard Arnault ($ 101.7 billion), Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg ($ 89.9 billion) and Warren Buffett ($ 73.2 billion) at the head of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate and American investment company based in Omaha, Nebraska.