Forbes magazine has published the 35th annual ranking of the richest people in the world. There are 123 Russian billionaires on the list, in 2019 there were 102 of them.
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The list is still topped by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, whose net worth increased by $64 billion in a year to $177 billion.
Next comes the American entrepreneur Elon Musk. His fortune increased by $126.4 billion over the year, to $151 billion. Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that the businessman’s fortune increased by $6 billion per day due to the growth in shares of electric car manufacturer Tesla.
Rounding out the top three is Bernard Arnault, who oversees an empire of 70 brands, including Louis Vuitton and Sephora. The entrepreneur’s fortune increased by $74 billion over the year, reaching $150 billion.
Next come Microsoft founder Bill Gates with a net worth of $124 billion (+$26 billion for the year), Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with $97 billion (+$42.3 billion), Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett with $96 billion (+$28.5 billion) , Oracle founder Larry Ellison with $93 billion (+$34 billion), Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin with $91.5 billion (+$40.6 billion) and $89 billion (+$39.9 billion), respectively.
Rounding out the top ten is Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, with $84.5 billion (+$47.7 billion).
The Russian segment of the rating was headed by the main owner of Severstal, Alexei Mordashov. The publication estimated the fortune of the entrepreneur and his family at $29.1 billion. Over the year, they earned $12.3 billion.
In second place is the head, the beneficiary of the mining and metallurgical company Norilsk Nickel, Vladimir Potanin, with a fortune of $27 billion (+$7.3 billion) and the chairman of the board of directors, the main shareholder of the NLMK group, Vladimir Lisin, whose fortune is estimated at $26.2 billion (+$8. 1 billion).
A year earlier, Potanin headed the Russian segment of Forbes billionaires. Lisin was in second place, and Mordashov was in fourth.
It is worth noting that Pavel Durov, the founder of the VKontakte social network and the Telegram messenger, who lives in Dubai, is in ninth place in the ranking of the richest Russians. Over the year, his fortune increased by $13.8 billion to $17.2 billion.