The pandemic appears to have upended the list as familiar wealth people, including Oprah Winfrey and Boston Beer co-founder Jim Koch now no longer feature.
The top 400 rich people must now have a net worth of $2.9 billion, an increase of $800 million, to make the list. Former President Donald Trump has a reported $2.5 billion in 2021, according to Forbes. He now ranks number 1299 in the list of wealthy individuals, having amassed his fortunes through real estate.
The top 400 rich people on the list, however, have made money despite Covid-19, with their collective fortunes increasing by 40 per cent, a total of $4.5 trillion.
“Despite the uncertainty and the ever-changing market economy, the 2021 Forbes 400 shows that America’s wealthiest have grown far richer,” said assistant managing editor of Wealth at Forbes, Kerry A. Dolan. “The wealthiest Americans collectively saw a 40 percent increase over last year and nearly all are richer than they were last year.”
Newcomers to the list include bitcoin billionaires Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, plus Melinda French Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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