The global economic landscape is constantly shaped by the influence and power of a select group of billionaires, whose wealth not only exceeds the gross domestic product (GDP) of countless nations, but also represents the pinnacle of success and innovation. At the beginning of January 2024, thanks to the information provided by Forbes, the list of the richest people in the world was released, which once again showed the dominance of the technology, finance and retail industries.
Elon Musk, 52, tops this exclusive list as the richest person, thanks to his role as CEO of companies like Tesla and SpaceX. The tycoon, who was also reported to be buying Twitter for USD 44 billion in October 2022, has seen his wealth reach its highest point of USD 320 billion, mainly due to the success of Tesla, where he has a 23% stake.
French tycoon Bernard Arnault, 74, emerged as the second richest person after LVMH. Responsible for a luxury goods empire of nearly 70 iconic brands, Arnault expanded his influence by completing the $15.8 billion acquisition of Tiffany & Co. Likewise, his family plays a crucial role in running the company, with his daughter Delphine leading Dior, the group’s second largest brand.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos stepped down as CEO in July 2021, but retained the position as president. His Blue Origin initiative took him into space, sparking his interest in space exploration. At the age of 59, the e-commerce magnate continues to significantly influence the global economic arena.
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