No revolution in the ranking of the richest people in the world: the founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos remains the number 1 ahead of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, while, far behind, Donald Trump wins a few places despite a fortune unchanged.
According to Forbes’ annual ranking, announced on Tuesday, the fortune of 55-year-old Bezos, who recently made headlines by announcing his divorce, has risen another $ 19 billion in the past year to $ 131 billion.
The boss of Amazon, which owns about 16% of the company and whose fortune is now often targeted by the left wing of the American Democratic Party, widens the gap with the number two, Bill Gates , co-founder of Microsoft turned philanthropist.
At 63, Bill Gates saw his fortune increase more modestly, reaching $ 96.5 billion, against $ 90 billion last year.
The third in the rankings is 88-year-old investor Warren Buffett, who is a podium champion, even though his reputation for having a nose for bargains took a hit with the plunge in late February of the benefits and action of the agribusiness giant. Kraft Heinz, on which he had bet.
Mr. Buffett sees his fortune down $ 1.5 billion, to 82.5 billion dollars.
It is behind this winning trio that the changes begin: if the president of the French group LVMH Bernard Arnault remains in the 4th place, the Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg falls from 5th to 8th rank after having “lost” nearly 9 billion dollars.
If he remains the youngest among the top ten, Mark Zuckerberg, much criticized in recent months with the proliferation of bad business for his social network, is behind the tycoon of Mexican telecommunications Carlos Slim, the Spanish Amancio Ortega, founder of Inditex and Zara, and American co-founder of Oracle Larry Ellison.
Michael Bloomberg, founder of the eponymous financial information company, former mayor of New York and whose name runs for the US presidential election of 2020, climbs him to 9th place, while he was 11th last year.
At 77, he saw Forbes his fortune increase to 55.5 billion dollars, against 50 last year.
– Trump 715th –
The estimate of US President Donald Trump’s fortune is unchanged at $ 3.1 billion.
Its nine New York skyscrapers – including the famous Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue – account for nearly half of it, while its clubs and golf courses are worth $ 550 million.
While 994 people in last year’s rankings saw the assessment of their fortunes drop-a record, according to Forbes-, the stability of the US president’s fortunes allowed him to climb to 715th place (he was 766th in last year).
Its holdings, however, have undergone contrasting developments. One of its Florida golf clubs, the National Doral Miami, has been depreciated by $ 26 million, after experiencing cuts in bookings due to its policy, according to Forbes.
In the ranking of the richest elected American, Mr. Trump was dethroned in January by the new Democratic Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker, heir to Hyatt hotels, whose fortune is estimated at $ 3.2 billion.
With 14 representatives among the top 20, the Americans still dominate this world ranking, which brings together some 2,100 billionaires, whose cumulative wealth amounts to 8,700 billion dollars.
France has two representatives: Bernard Arnault and Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers. The heiress of L’Oreal, ranked 15th, is the only woman among the top 20.
Other non-Americans at the top of the table include Indian Mukesh Ambani, president of Reliance Industries, 13th, and Chinese Ma Huateng, president of Chinese Internet giant Tencent, 20th.
The youngest in the standings is now Kylie Jenner, who, at 21, beats the record of Mark Zuckerberg, turned billionaire at 23 years.
The youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, followed by 128 million followers on Instagram, owes its fortune to its cosmetics company Kylie Cosmetics, valued at $ 900 million.