The number of billionaires in the world has increased to 15, with a wealth of US$2.2 trillion

The global club of the super-rich now has 15 members with fortunes in excess of $100 billion, the most on record, as their wealth surges driven by waves of artificial intelligence, luxury goods and geopolitical change.

The global club of the super-rich now has 15 members with fortunes in excess of $100 billion, the most on record. Their fortunes have surged amid waves of artificial intelligence, luxury goods and geopolitical change.
Their combined net worth has grown 13% this year to $2.2 trillion, outpacing inflation and overall stock market gains.
The top 15 richest people collectively own nearly a quarter of the wealth of the world\’s 500 richest people.
Although the assets of these 15 richest people have exceeded US$100 billion before, this is the first time that they have such a large amount of wealth at the same time.
Among them, L\’Oréal heiress Sauvès Bettencourt Meyers, Dell Technologies founder Michael Dell and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim have all reached the threshold for the first time in the past five months. .There are still some who fluctuate around this level and cross this threshold multiple times.
In December, Meyers became the first woman to reach a fortune of $100 billion. The luxury cosmetics company\’s stock price had its best year since 1998.
Meyers, 70, currently ranks 14th with a net worth of $101 billion.
Ranking first on the list of the world\’s richest people is Bernard Arnault, founder and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. He is worth US$222 billion.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ranks second with a net worth of US$208 billion. Tesla CEO Elon Musk ranks third with a net worth of US$187 billion.
His wealth has dropped by more than $40 billion this year.

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