September 23, 2023

Billionaires 2022 list: Who are the world’s richest people?


Popular American magazine Forbes has issued its 36th annual ranking of the world’s richest people. Compared to last year, 87 people failed to make it to the list as war, the COVID-19 pandemic and slow markets badly hit the world’s billionaires this year.

According to Forbes, there are 2,668 billionaires included in the list with 236 new comers, while 1,000 billionaires are richer now than they were a year ago.

America still leads the world, with 735 billionaires worth a collective $4.7 trillion (almost Rs867 trillion). This includes Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, who topped the World’s Billionaires list for the first time, while China (including Macau and Hong Kong) remained number two, with 607 billionaires worth a collective $2.3 trillion (almost Rs424 trillion).

Surprisingly, Russia and China witnessed a major drop in the number of billionaires. In Russia, there are 34 fewer billionaires than last year following Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, while in China, a government crackdown on tech companies has led to 87 fewer billionaires on the list.

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