In the last six months, the world’s wealthiest people have seen incredible gains. According to the Bloomberg billionaires index, ten of the wealthiest people in the world have made a total of $221.52 billion in the last six months.
The CEO of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), Bernard Arnault, is the greatest dollar gainer within this elite club, with gains of $56.7 billion year to far. He is currently the world’s third wealthiest person, with a fortune of $171 billion derived from his business empire of more than 70 businesses, including Sephora.
The founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, are media-shy billionaires who have made fair gains, with investors increasingly holding on to the computer behemoth’s stock.
Larry Page, who is worth $112 billion, made $29.2 billion in the last six months, while Sergey Brin, who is worth $108 billion, made $28.1 billion in the same time frame. In just six months, these Google billionaires made a total of $57.3 billion.
Mark Zuckerberg, the youngest person ever to be worth more than $100 billion, recently received a major lift after Facebook became the fifth American corporation to reach a $1 trillion valuation in only 17 years.
Following a recent favorable legal judgement, stock traders and global investors poured into Facebook Shares (the owners of Instagram and Whatsapp) for a 6-month gain of $25.8 billion, putting the founder of Facebook’s wealth at $129 billion.
Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, has a net worth of $97.5 billion, with gains of $1 billion so far this year.
He is best known for owning the Los Angeles Clippers basketball franchise, with a 4 percent interest in Microsoft accounting for the majority of his money.
Elon Musk, the outspoken tech entrepreneur, is best known for changing Tesla, the world’s most valuable carmaker. His fast-growing space exploration company, SpaceX, has made a $16 billion profit in the last six months, putting his net worth at $186 billion.
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest software corporation, has a net worth of $146 billion and has made $14.3 billion in profits so far this year. The world’s fourth richest person now owns $60.9 billion in cash.
Warren Buffett, the CEO, Chairman, and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, is projected to be worth $101 billion after posting $13.5 billion in half-year gains.
The self-made billionaire, who is 90 years old, is well-known for his frugality and for selling chewing gum door to door at the age of six.
Oracle’s creator, Larry Ellison, has a net worth of $92.6 billion dollars. Year-to-date gains for the tech mogul had totaled $12.2 billion. After purchasing 3 million shares in Tesla, the software billionaire has been on the board of directors for nearly two years.
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