Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is once again the richest person in the world, despite his divorce last year which cost him a quarter of his stake in the tech giant.
Bezos, 56 – who founded the e-commerce company out of his basement in Seattle, Washington in 1994 – is worth $113billion today, only a $18billion drop from his $131billion in 2019, despite giving $36billion worth of stocks to ex Mackenzie.
He managed to remain in the top spot despite the coronavirus pandemic cutting the number of people on Forbes’ Richest Billionaires List, bringing the total down 56 people from last year to only 2,095 in 2020.
The magazine said that only 12 days ago there were 226 more billionaires on their list, noting that of the remaining group, 51% percent were poorer than last year.
No. 1 Jeff Bezos’s net worth is $113billion according to the 2020 Forbes’ Richest Billionaires List
The Amazon founder transferred a quarter of his Amazon stake to ex-wife Mackenzie (left) after they divorced in July 2019 following 25 years of marriage. He is now dating Lauren Sanchez (right)
Collectively they’re worth $8trillion, which is down $700billion from 2019’s billionaires.
In the case of Bezos, Amazon’s shares have risen 15 percent since 2019.
FORBES 10 RICHEST BILLIONAIRES 2020
1 Jeff Bezos
$113bn (2020) $131bn (2019)
2 Bill Gates
$98bn(2020) $96.5bn (2019)
3 Bernard Arnault
$76bn (2020) $76bn (2019)
4 Warren Buffett
$67.5bn (2020) $82.5bn (2019)
5 Larry Ellison
$59bn (2020) $62.5bn (2019)
6 Amanico Ortega
$55.1bn (2020) $62.7bn (2019)
7 Mark Zuckerberg
$54.7bn (2020) $62.3bn (2019)
8 Jim Walton
$54.6bn (2020) $44.6bn (2019)
9 Alice Walton
$54.4billion (2020) $44.4bn (2019)
10 Rob Walton
$54.1billion (2020) $44.3bn (2019)
The company has been in high demand since the coronavirus outbreak which has enforced strict social distancing measures around the world.
Whereas many companies have suffered during business shutdowns, Amazon has thrived and has even hired 100,000 new employees to cope with the surge in demand for deliveries.
Securing his position for a third year running, Bezos – whose company also offers the Amazon Prime streaming service – remained above Bill Gates on the list.
Gates, 64, has pledged $100million to help fight COVID-19 via his Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation.
He managed to gain $1.5billion in the space of a year and is worth $98billion.
Last week Bezos donated the same amount to Feeding America as food banks have become overwhelmed with people in need of assistance.
The list came out Tuesday when in the US, the virus had killed over 11,000 people and more than 368,000 were infected.
France’s Bernard Arnault, 71, appeared third on the list, moving up one spot from last year, despite the family, which owns fashion giant LVMH, having exactly the same net worth.
Last November, the owners of Louis Vuitton and Sephora purchased Tiffany & Co. in what was believed to be the largest luxury brand acquisition deal ever at a $16.2billion exchange.
No. 2 Bill Gates (left) managed to gain $1.5billion in the space of a year and is worth $98billion. No. 3 Bernard Arnault (right) appeared third on the list with $76billion
No. 5 Dairy Queen owner Warren Buffet (left) dropped one spot to fourth place. Up two places to no.6 is Larry Ellison (right), 75, the founder of software firm Oracle
It’s as Warren Buffet dropped one spot to fourth place. The 89-year-old owner of Berkshire Hathaway – which owns Dairy Queen, Geico and Duracell – lost a whopping $15billion.
Up two places on the top 10 is Larry Ellison, 75, the founder of software firm Oracle.
Remaining in the same spot as last year at number 6, Inditex owner Amanico Ortega, 84, was down $7billion in 2020 to a net worth of $55.1billion.
His Spanish brand Zara has pledged to make gowns for medical workers amid the coronavirus pandemic while their stores are closed in accordance with social distancing measures.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 35, has also pitched in to help out with the coronavirus pandemic; the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has promised to quadruple to testing capacity of the San Francisco Bay area.
The social media platform – which owns Instagram and Whatsapp – has also been a useful tool for information and connections while people have been stuck inside.
Zuckerberg’s worth has dropped almost $8billion to $54.7billion.
The final three spots in the top 10 belong to Walmart heirs Jim, Alice and Rob Walton. They each boosted their net worth about $10billion for 2020.
Rob, 75, the eldest son of founder Sam Walton, took over business when his father died in 1993.
Jim, 71, – the youngest son – is the richest of the three despite giving away $1.2billion in Walmart stock in June 2019. Hehas a 44 percent stake in Arvest Bank.
Alice, 70, doesn’t work for Walmart and spends her time curating art.
Spanish brand Zara has pledged to make gowns for medical workers amid the coronavirus pandemic while their stores are closed in accordance with social distancing measures
At no.6, owner Amanico Ortega (left) was down $7billion in 2020 to a net worth of $55.1billion. No. 7 Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s (right) worth has dropped almost $8billion to $54.7billion
Members of the Walton family (L-R) Rob, Alice and Jim, claimed the final three spots in the top 10 for 2020. The family owns Walmart