Forbes released its annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans last week. As always, the 2021 edition includes a blend of good guys, bad guys, and gross elites.
First, it’s disappointing to see Jeff Bezos edge out Elon Musk at the top:
1. Jeff Bezos, net worth of $201 billion
2. Elon Musk, $190.5 billion
Bezos’ ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, ranks 15th at $58.5 billion. Good for her.
The rest of the top 10 is made up of the usual suspects, in order:
3. Mark Zuckerberg, $134.5 billion
4. Bill Gates, $134 billion
5. Larry Page, $123 billion
6. Sergey Brin, $118.5 billion
7. Larry Ellison, $117.3 billion
8. Warren Buffett, $102 billion
9. Steve Ballmer, $96.5 billion
10. Michael Bloomberg $70 billion
For those vying to make the list in 2022, the lowest net worth to make the list in 2021 came in at $2.9 billion, up from $800 million from a year ago, in a 12-way tie. So there’s hope.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey ranks 53rd at $14.9 billion.
Moderna also had a presence on the list for its COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna’s chairman, Noubar Afeyan, board member Robert Langer, and early investor Timothy Springer each made their debut on this year’s list:
- 176 — Timothy Springer, $5.9 billion
- 212 — Noubar Afeyan, $5 billion
- 222 — Robert Langer, $2.9 billion
Steve Ballmer, owner of the LA Clippers, is the richest person in sports, but he’s classified in the tech category for his involvement with Microsoft. That said, the sports category was well represented on the list. Take a look:
Forbes added our good friend, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, in the media category at 247th overall with a $4.5 billion net worth.
Forbes is promoting this year’s list as the fall of Donald Trump, with a sidebar saying Trump failed to make the top 400 for the first time in 25 years.
Overall, the collective fortune of the 400 wealthiest Americans increased 40% over the last year, to $4.5 trillion. The rich got richer, nearly all of them did. Forbes said fortunes were calculated using stock prices and exchange rates from September 3, 2021. See the full list here.