Forbes has released the 35th annual edition of its “Billionaires List,” and the data confirms what we already knew: the leaders of the tech sector are flying higher than ever. Overall, the world added 493 new billionaires last year, the vast majority of whom are from China and Hong Kong.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to financial ruin for the vast majority of the world. Unless, of course, you started out rich, or you owned a business that profited off the suffering of others.
The rest of this year’s list includes plenty of other notable figures, too.
Like Larry Ellison, cofounder of software giant Oracle, which may or may not be co-owning TikTok’s U.S. operations in the future. He comes in at the 7th spot with $93B.
Spots 8 and 9 go to Google bigwigs. Larry Page, who led Google parent company Alphabet until December 2019, is worth $91.5B this year.
Sergey Brin, past president of Alphabet ended up at number 9 this year, with a net worth of $89B. Both Page and Brin are still majority shareholders and sit on the company’s board.