World’s 50 richest people have lost half a trillion dollars this year

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The 50 wealthiest people in the world have lost more than half a trillion dollars this year due to the tanking stock market, according to the latest figures compiled by Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

The top 50 richest, which includes Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and French luxury goods magnate Bernard Arnault, have lost a combined $563 billion in net worth through May 22, according to Bloomberg.

Musk, the world’s richest man who has temporarily put on hold his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, has lost $69.1 billion — the most of any mogul on the list. He now has a net worth of $201 billion.

Bezos, the second richest man, stepped down as CEO of Amazon last year to focus on his space travel company Blue Origin. He has seen his net worth fall by $61.1 billion. His wealth is now valued at $ 131 billion.

Arnault’s net worth is $123 billion. The French billionaire, the third richest man in the world by virtue of his position as CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, has seen his wealth decline by $ 52.2 billion this year.

Musk, the Tesla CEO who is the world’s richest man, has lost nearly $70 billion since the start of the year.
Jeff Bezos, the world's second richest person with a net worth of $131 billion, has lost $61.1 billion so far this year.
Jeff Bezos, the world’s second-richest person with a net worth of $131 billion, has lost $61.1 billion so far this year.
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Bill Gates discusses his book "How to Prevent the Next Pandemic" at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in New York.
Gates is worth $116 billion.
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Gates, the software pioneer who left Microsoft to become a full-time philanthropist, is worth $116 billion. Since the start of 2022, his net worth has eroded by $ 21.7 billion.

Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is one of the few billionaires who has seen his net worth rise this year. Buffett’s wealth is valued at $110 billion — $1.2 billion more than where it was at the start of 2022.

Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, saw his fortune shrink by $54.1 billion. He is now worth an estimated $71.4 billion.

Another tech mogul, Google co-founder Larry Page, has seen his net worth drop by $29 billion. He now has a net worth of $99.4 billion. Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s net worth plunged 28.2 billion to drop him to ninth on the list at $95.3 billion.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer vaulted into the top 10 richest in the world despite losing $16 billion, leaving him at $89.6 billion – after Oracle chief Larry Ellison’s net worth fell to $89.2 billion from a $21.9 billion hit.

Also managing to make money amid the stock market turmoil was hedge fund king Ken Griffin. The Citadel Capital CEO has seen his net worth jump by $8.29 billion, to $29.6 billion, putting him 40th on the list.


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