Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk top the Forbes 2021 rich list


Jeff Bezos, again.

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Amazon boss Jeff Bezos remains the richest person on the planet, according to Forbes’ 35th Annual World’s Billionaires List, with a net worth of $177 billion. Coming in second is Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, at $151 billion.

Bezos and Musk have generally topped the list of late, and occasionally jostle for number one.

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates — who previously topped the list for 24 years — ranked fourth, with $124 billion, while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sits in fifth with just over $97 billion. Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is sixth with $93 billion.

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin take the eighth and ninth spots, with $91.5 billion and $89 billion respectively. 

Bezos claimed the top spot in October 2018 (it also happened briefly in 2017) when his net worth hit $160 billion. In January, Bezos revealed that he’d be handing the CEO title to Andy Jassy, the current head of Amazon Web Services, later this year. He’ll remain the e-commerce giant’s executive chairman.

The pandemic gave Amazon a major boost, with more people buying online to avoid going to stores. In 2020’s fourth quarter, net sales jumped 44% to $125.6 billion.


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