While global business continues to count losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, the richest Americans have been able to significantly increase their collective fortune.
This is reported by an analysis by Chuck Collins, Director of the Inequality and Social Welfare Program at the Institute for Policy Studies.
According to him, from March to the end of November, 650 American billionaires collectively grew rich by more than $1 trillion, or 34%. They now jointly hold nearly $4 trillion in the capital.
In addition, 47 new billionaires appeared on this list, and 11 people dropped out of the ranking due to both impoverishment and death.
In the first place in the ranking is the owner of Amazon and the richest man on the planet Jeff Bezos. The coronavirus did not stop him from earning $69.4 billion, and now his fortune is estimated at 182.4 billion.
He is followed by the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk, who has risen to the second line in the list of the richest people in the world this year. From March 17 to November 24, he fivefold increased his fortune вЂ” from 24.6 billion to 126.2 billion dollars.
The rest of the TOP 5 richest Americans also only increased their wealth: Microsoft founder Bill Gates вЂ” by 11 billion, Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg вЂ” by 47 billion, and investor Warren Buffett by almost 22 billion dollars.
We will remind, earlier it was reported about the role that the presidential elections in the United States played in increasing the wealth of the American rich.