1. Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla
Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla, has added a whopping $ 140 billion to his estate in 2020. With this he reached a total of US $ 167,000 million of net worth last Monday, according to data from Bloomberg .
This was enough for Musk to climb several spots on the billionaire chart and overtake Bill Gates to move to second place (after Jeff Bezos) in November.
2. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon
Jeff Bezos, who also owns the American newspaper The Washington Post , started 2020 as the richest person in the world and ends it the same way.
All he has done is add more than $ 72 billion to his net worth, thanks to the extraordinary increase in Amazon’s income from the increase in online sales due to the pandemic. Bezos’ net worth even briefly surpassed the $ 200 billion mark a few months ago, down to $ 187 billion today.
Not well known for his philanthropic activities, this year he improved in that regard: in February he offered $ 10 billion to combat climate change and in November he donated about $ 800 million to environmental organizations. His ex-wife Mackenzie Scott donated at least $ 5.8 billion to nonprofits this year.
3. Zhong Shanshan, founder of Nongfu Spring
Zhong Shanshan’s net worth has risen by $ 62.6 billion (currently over $ 69 billion), according to Bloomberg.
Zhong became China’s richest man in September after his bottled water company, Nongfu Spring, launched a successful Public Offering of Sale that raised more than $ 1.1 billion. The company that he founded in 1996 and controls a fifth of the bottled water market in the Asian giant has a value of about US $ 70,000 million.
The 66-year-old Zhong owns more than 84% of the company, with a stake valued at about $ 60 billion. This helped him surpass other billionaires like Tencent’s Pony Ma and Alibaba founder Jack Ma to become the richest person in China in recent months.
Zhong also controls the vaccine maker Beijing Wantai Biological Pharmacy, which went public in April. The company is developing a nasal spray vaccine for COVID-19 that was in phase II trials in November.
4. Bernard Arnault, owner of the LVMH group
Frenchman Bernard Arnault is the richest man in his country and Forbes magazine placed him at number 2 on its list of richest people, although the Bloomberg ranking places him at number 4.
Owner of the luxury goods group LVMH, Arnault ends the year with a net worth of about $ 146.3 billion. Even during a difficult year for his conglomerate, Arnault’s fortune grew by more than 30% in 2020.
With the outbreak of the pandemic, LVMH temporarily abandoned its plan to acquire Tiffany & Co., but last October reached an agreement to acquire it for about US $ 15.8 billion, about US $ 400 million less than the original offer.
Sales of luxury goods continue to decline, but LVMH surprised investors recently by reporting that Louis Vuitton and Dior handbag sales remain strong, particularly in countries like South Korea and China.
5. Dan Gilbert, president of Rocket Companies
At 58, Gilbert owns the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team and co-founder of the online mortgage company Quicken Loans.
According to Bloomberg data , his net worth increased by $ 28.1 billion in 2020 (to a total of $ 35.3 billion), thanks to the impetus that saw Quicken Loans’ parent company, Rocket Companies, launch a Public Sale Offering. in August. Gilbert owns about 80% of the Rocket Companies, a stake valued at more than $ 31 billion.
Gilbert’s striking net worth increase in 2020 (which grew sixfold in one year) is attributed to the Quicken Loans IPO.