Bezos and Musk to Mukesh Ambani, World's Richest Men's net worth before and after pandemic

To your surprise, or perhaps not, the 10 richest men in the world earned huge amounts of money during the pandemic. You will be mighty surprised to see the exact numbers.

 |  4-minute read |   17-01-2022
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If you compare the world before and after the pandemic, you will see drastic changes. In terms of money, we saw how the economy suffered all over the world. On a smaller scale, many started new businesses while others changed their means of income altogether.

Between 2020 and 2021, we heard the names of many Richie Rich in the news. Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and so on.

Now, the question: what happened to their wealth during the pandemic? Did they experience major losses just like small business holders?

The changes in their wealth from 2020 to 2021 will leave you stunned.

The pandemic has made these billionaires richer than ever. Yes, you read it right.

A study by Oxfam says world’s 10 wealthiest men doubled their wealth during the Covid-19 pandemic. The report further added that the wealth of the world's richest men jumped from US $700 billion to US $1.5 trillion.

Well, the pandemic seemed lucky for these big earners. To help you understand how much the top 10 wealthiest men gained and how, we have simplified the data for you. The wealth of these richest men is as mentioned in the Forbes Annual World’s Billionaires List 2020 and 2021.


1. JEFF BEZOS: $113 billion (2020) to $177 billion (2021)

The founder and executive chairman of Amazon, Jeff Bezos is on the top of the Forbes Annual World’s billionaires List 2021. His total wealth jumped from $113 billion to $177 billion in 2021. And his fortune continues to increase as his real-time net worth as of January 17 is $188 billion.

2. ELON MUSK: $24.6 billion (2020) to $151 billion (2021)

Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla and founder of SpaceX and The Boring Company. He is also the co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI. He owns 23% of Tesla and stepped down as the chairman in 2018. His real-time net worth is $268.1 billion, making him the richest man right now. 

3. BERNARD ARNAULT & FAMILY: $76 billion (2020) to $150 billion (2021)

Bernard Arnault & family is the chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Sephora. Bernard Arnault looks after a total of 70 brands. In November 2019, LVMH announced its purchase of Tiffany & Co for $16.2 billion. Their current net worth is $187.5 billion.

4. BILL GATES: $98 billion (2020) to $124 billion (2021)

The co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates has been on the list of billionaires for years. He is also the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is the second-largest charitable foundation in the world. Bill and Melinda announced a divorce in May 2021. His real-time net worth is $134.5 billion.

5. MARK ZUCKERBERG: $54.7 billion (2020) to $97 billion (2021)

Mark Zuckerberg is the co-founder of Meta earlier known as Facebook. Meta owns WhatsApp and Instagram too. Zuckerberg started Facebook in 2004 at Harvard. His net worth is $117 billion right now.

6. WARREN BUFFETT- $67.5 billion (2020) to $96 billion (2021)

Warren Edward Buffett is the CEO and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. He is one of the most successful investors of all time. $116.9 billion is his real-time net worth.

7. LARRY ELLISON- $59 billion (2020) to $93 billion (2021)

Larry Ellison is the chairman, co-founder and chief technology officer of the software company Oracle. He owns around 35% of the company. He was also the CEO of Oracle till 2014. His net worth as of January 17, 2022 is $120.1 billion.

8. LARRY PAGE- $50.9 billion (2020) to $91.5 billion (2021)

Lawrence Edward Page is one of the co-founders of Google. He was the CEO of Google from 1997 to August 2001. His current net worth is $119.4 billion.

9. SERGEY BRIN- $49.1 billion (2020) to $89 billion (2021)

Sergey Brin is the other Co-founder of Google. Until December 2019, he was the president of Google's parent company Alphabet. Both Brin and Page remain controlling shareholders and board members at Alphabet now. His real-time net worth is $115.1 billion.

10. MUKESH AMBANI - $36.8 billion (2020) to $84.5 billion (2021)

The Indian billionaire on the list, Mukesh Ambani is on Number 10 on the 2021 Rich list. He chairs and runs Reliance Industries. Ambani’s current net worth is $98.5 billion.

These billionaires made noticeable amount of money even during the pandemic. After compiling this, all I want to say is...


Or open a company XD.


Varsha Vats Varsha Vats @varshavats19

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