The number of billionaires in the world has risen 30 percent in just one year – in stark contrast to millions who lost their livelihoods during the pandemic.
A total of 2,755 people now share a massive £ 9.54 trillion wealth – up from £ 5.83 trillion a year ago.
That’s an increase from 660. The newcomers include four of the UK’s 85 billionaires. The latest Forbes Rich List revealed.
Despite the economic misery caused by the pandemic, someone now reaches $ 1 billion in personal wealth every 17 hours, Forbes says.
Amazon owner Jeff Bezos ranks at the top of the world with a fortune of nearly £ 129 billion, while Tesla boss Elon Musk ranks second.
According to Forbes, the richest person living in the UK is Ukrainian businessman Len Blavatnik, whose personal fortune of £ 23.3 billion makes him the 46th richest person in the world.
Arcadia owner Sir Philip Green and his wife Tina occupy the 1,299 with an estimated value of 1.75 billion pounds. Place in the world.
Great Britain’s newcomers
Matt molding Forbes, the founder of the Hut Group, is the tallest newcomer on the list. Forbes rates him as the 1,064. richest people in the world with assets of £ 2.11 billion.
Also included in the list José Neves , CEO of UK-based online luxury fashion platform Farfetch.
The 46-year-old is valued at around £ 1.82 billion.
Peter Kelly Founded in 1993 from its garden shed, IT company Softcat has personal assets of $ 1.3 billion, equivalent to around £ 950 million in British money.
Lidiya Mikhailova and her sons, who run the meat supplier Cherkizovo Group, own the same staggering sum.
The five richest people in the UK
According to Forbes Sir Len Blavatnik Knighted for his contributions to philanthropy in 2017, is the richest person in the UK with a net worth of $ 32 billion – the equivalent of £ 23.3 billion.
This makes him the 46th richest person in the world.
He made his fortune by investing in his company, Access Industries.
Follow him James Ratcliffe , 68, founder, chairman and majority owner of the chemical power plant Ineos Group.
His fortune of £ 12.4 billion makes him the 113th richest person in the world.
The third richest in the UK is Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and her family, who own a 23 percent stake in beer giant Heineken.
Forbes estimates her fortune at around £ 12.16 billion.
In fourth place is Mikhal Fridman , which controls Alfa Group and LetterOne. The London-based Ukrainian businessman founded Alfa Bank, the largest non-state-controlled bank in Russia.
Mr Fridman is estimated to have a net worth of £ 11.3 billion, making him the 128th richest person in the world.
The fifth richest people in Britain are the Hinduja brothers , Srichand, Gopichand, Prakash and Ashok.
They control the conglomerate of the Hinduja Group, headquartered in London, and are valued at £ 10.86 billion.