According to the latest Forbes billionaires list, Musk is the new No. 1, with a net worth of $219 billion — Musk was No. 2 on the list in 2021, behind Bezos. And his net worth on the list doesn’t include his newly amassed 9.2% equity stake in Twitter TWTR, -1.68%.
Here are some key takeaways from the list:
Fewer billionaires than last year
There are 2,668 billionaires in the world in 2022. That’s 87 fewer than there were last year.
While the total number of billionaires fell, 40% of those who remained got richer.
Forbes research indicated that Russian billionaire wealth fell by more than $260 billion in the past year, resulting in 34 fewer Russian billionaires on the list amid Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and resulting financial sanctions from several countries, including the U.S.
The total wealth of billionaires actually fell to $12.7 trillion this year, down from a record $13.1 trillion in the 2021 list.
A new No. 1
Musk, now occupying the top spot on the billionaires list, surpasses Bezos, who had held the top spot the previous four years.
Musk was helped by an uptick in Tesla’s stock price, which is up 58.9% over the past 12 months, while Amazon’s stock is up just 4.18% over the same period.
Notable female billionaires
Of the 2,668 billionaires in the world, just 327 are women. This figure includes individuals who share their net worth with a spouse, according to Forbes. The 327 count is down from 328 last year.
Of those women, 101 are “self-made” billionaires, meaning they started a company or established their own fortune, as opposed to inheriting it in some way, as defined by Forbes.
Some new female billionaires on the list are musical artist and fashion mogul Rihanna; Melanie Perkins, co-founder of design company Canva; and Melinda French Gates, who is now listed separately after her divorce from Bill Gates in 2021.
The U.S. has the most female billionaires, with 90, followed by China with 63 and Germany’s 35.
Top 5 richest people in the world
- Elon Musk has an estimated net worth of $219 billion — Musk’s businesses are Tesla and SpaceX.
- Jeff Bezos has an estimated net worth of $171 billion — Bezos’s main wealth source is Amazon, which he began building in 1994.
- Bernard Arnault & family have an estimated net worth of $158 billion — Arnault’s main wealth source is the LVMH fashion empire, which includes the brands Louis Vuitton and Sephora.
- Bill Gates has an estimated net worth of $129 billion — Gates’s main wealth source is Microsoft MSFT, -2.71%, which he co-founded in 1975.
- Warren Buffett has an estimated net worth of $118 billion — Buffet’s main wealth source is the industrial conglomerate and investment vehicle Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B, -0.55% BRK.A, -0.65%.