Here are the biggest winners on the 2022 Billionaires List

The top ten winners include household names, a cryptocurrency entrepreneur and a Latin American telecommunications magnate.


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amid falling stock markets, Russia’s war on Ukraine and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the collective wealth of the world’s billionaires has fallen $400 billion year-on-year last, according to Forbes‘2022 list. But not everyone had a tough year.

Just ask Elon Musk, whose fortune has grown by $68 billion since the 2021 World’s Billionaires list to around $219 billion, making him the world’s richest person – his first time. at the top of the annual list. Forbes ranking. Musk’s biggest fortune comes even after he sold $16 billion worth of Tesla stock at the end of 2021 and paid taxes on his capital gains – following a rise in the share price over the past year. He is the biggest winner, in terms of dollars, this year.

The popularity of buying and selling cryptocurrencies has partly fueled the rise of the second biggest earner. Changpeng Zhao, known as CZ, co-founded cryptocurrency exchange Binance and is worth around $65 billion, up $63.1 billion from last year. It’s quite a leap, but that’s partly because Forbes got new information about CZ’s stake in Binance (at least 70%, the sources say, though the company won’t comment), combined with a much higher revenue estimate since Binance’s trading volume has increase.

Other big winners range from Indian infrastructure tycoon Gautam Adani to Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim Helu to the co-founders of Google. Forbes Calculated fortunes for 2022 billionaires list using stock prices and exchange rates as of March 11, 2022. Net worth can change significantly within days or even hours.

Here are the top 10 billionaires with the biggest earnings over the past year:

1.

Elon Musk


Net worth: $219 billion

Gain since April 2021: $68 billion

Source of wealth: Tesla, SpaceX

Country: United States


The rocket and electric car entrepreneur’s wealth has grown by $68 billion in the past year. This follows a $126 billion gain between the 2020 and 2021 World’s Billionaires lists. At the start of 2022, Musk’s fortune briefly topped $300 billion, falling back to $219 billion for 2022. Forbes listing. It was still enough to make him the richest person in the world.

2.

Changpeng Zhao


Net worth: $65 billion

Gain since April 2021: $63.1 billion

Source of wealth: cryptocurrency exchange

Country: Canada


Known as CZ, Changpeng Zhao is the CEO of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, of which he owns around 70%. Zhao’s net worth has surged over the past year due to new information about his stake and the success of the exchange. Zhao announced in January that Binance planned to spend $200 million to buy a minority stake in Forbes through a SPAC transaction.

3.

Gautam Adani


Net worth: $90 billion

Gain since April 2021: $39.5 billion

Source of Wealth: Infrastructure

Country: India


With shares in six listed companies that outperformed India’s benchmark in 2021, Adani’s net worth has increased by more than $39 billion, making him the 11th richest person in the world and the second richest in Asia, just behind fellow Indian Mukesh Ambani. Chairman of the Adani Group, Adani owns companies operating in power generation, coal and real estate. India’s largest private port operator, Adani Group owns 74% of Mumbai International Airport.

4.

Rodolphe Saadé & his family


Net worth: $41.4 billion

Gain since April 2021: $30.5 billion

Source of Wealth: Shipping

Country: France


Saadé’s wealth has surged due to growing demand from maritime logistics company CMA CGM, a private company in which he and his family hold a 73% stake. The increase in value of the company makes Saadé the third richest person in France.

5.

Michael Bloomberg


Net worth: $82 billion

Gain since April 2021: $23 billion

Source of wealth: Bloomberg

Country: United States


The former New York City mayor’s net worth has risen nearly 40% since last year as estimated earnings at his financial information and media company, Bloomberg LP, rose. He owns 88%.

6.

Steve Ballmer


Net worth: $91.4 billion

Gain since April 2021: $22.7 billion

Source of wealth: Microsoft

Country: United States


The former Microsoft CEO turned Los Angeles Clippers owner has seen his wealth grow by a third over the past year, largely thanks to the 32% increase in the value of Microsoft shares. The value of his NBA team also rose 17% to $3.3 billion.

7.

warren buffet


Net worth: $118 billion

Gain since April 2021: $22 billion

Source of Wealth: Berkshire Hathaway

Country: United States


Despite donating about $4 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and four other foundations in mid-2021, Buffett’s wealth has grown nearly 23% over the past year. His conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway reached a market valuation of $700 billion in January and has been climbing steadily.

8.

Larry Page


Net worth: $111 billion

Gain since April 2021: $19.5 billion

Source of wealth: Google

Country: United States


The Google co-founder is the sixth richest person in the world. In 2021, Page sold shares of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, for the first time since 2017. The stock has risen more than 26% over the past year.

9.

Carlos Slim Helu


Net worth: $81.2 billion

Gain since April 2021: $18.4 billion

Source of wealth: telecom

Country: Mexico


Mexico’s richest person, who moved up and down Forbes’ list of billionaires for many years, is now the 13th richest person in the world. The billionaire is $18.4 billion richer since last year after a 42% rise in shares of his Latin American telecommunications company América Móvil. Slim sold his 10% stake in The New York Times at the end of 2020 when the stock was trading at over $40 per share. He had exercised warrants to buy those shares in 2015 for more than $6 each.

ten.

Sergey Brin


Net worth: $107 billion

Gain since April 2021: $18 billion

Source of wealth: Google

Country: United States


The Google co-founder is funding the development of zero-emission airships. Like Page, he began selling shares of Alphabet in 2021 after a three-year hiatus. Brin’s $18 billion increase in net worth was driven by the rising value of Alphabet shares; and follows a nearly $40 billion gain between the 2020 and 2021 Forbes lists.

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From left to right: Carlos Slim Helu, Gautam Adani, Warren Buffett

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