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The Richest Person on Each Continent

The Richest Person on Each Continent

With a stock price surge of 13% after Amazon’s most recent quarterly filing, Wall Street analysts were reportedly “shocked” by the company’s rapid growth. The e-commerce juggernaut beat both quarterly revenue and earnings forecasts, and continues to trailblaze with a 34% revenue growth rate.

This boded well for the net worth of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, which fluctuates wildly based on Amazon stock price movements. In fact, the recent jump in price on October 27 helped catapult him past Bill Gates (again) to become the richest person in North America, as well as the entire world.

As of publication time, according to Forbes’ real-time wealth tracker, his wealth stands at $92.6 billion.

Net Worth Leaders by Continent

Today’s graphic comes to us from HowMuch.net and it shows the richest person on each continent.

Here is the full breakdown:

PersonContinentNet WorthSource of Wealth
Jeff BezosNorth America$92.6BTechnology
Jorge Paulo LemanSouth America$30.8BFood and beverage
Amancio OrtegaEurope$77.8BFashion, real estate, investing
Aliko DangoteAfrica$13.7BCement, sugar, flour, salt
Mukesh AmbaniAsia$41.9BOil an gas
Gina RinehartOceania$16.6BMining

Net worth figures from HowMuch.net as of November 3, 2017

To be thorough, HowMuch.net also “nominated” a person to represent the continent of Antarctica, even though it has no permanent residents.

Chosen for this title? It’s none other than Arnold W. Donald, the CEO of Carnival, the world’s largest cruise company, which monetizes the icy continent for its Antarctic cruises on a regular basis.

This graphic has been amended since initial publication. Just yesterday, Mukesh Ambani climbed up the list to become the richest person in Asia, and it now reflects that. Thanks to everyone who pointed this out.

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Ranked: The World’s Top 10 Billionaires in 2024

With a $205 billion fortune, Elon Musk is currently the world’s richest billionaire.

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Bar chart showing the world's top 10 billionaires as of June 2024.

The World’s Top 10 Billionaires (June 2024)

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Elon Musk has reached a net worth of $205.4 billion in 2024, securing his position as the richest billionaire in the world, ahead of Jeff Bezos at $203.2 billion and Bernard Arnault at $200 billion. Arnault, the billionaire chairman and CEO of the global luxury goods company LVMH, led the ranking at the beginning of the year.

Using data from Forbes’ Real-Time Billionaires List, we provide a snapshot of the top 10 billionaires in the world as of June 11, 2024. It is important to note that the rank changes frequently due to fluctuations in stock prices, market conditions, and significant business transactions.

$1.6T in Combined Wealth

The wealth of the top 10 wealthiest people ($1.6 trillion) is almost equivalent to Mexico’s GDP, the 14th largest economy in the world.

At the top of the list, Elon Musk’s wealth derives primarily from his stake in Tesla, his holdings in SpaceX, and the social media platform X.

RankNameNet Worth (USD in Billions)Source
1Elon Musk$205.40Tesla, SpaceX
3Jeff Bezos$203.20Amazon
2Bernard Arnault & family$200.00LVMH
4Mark Zuckerberg$176.50Facebook
5Larry Ellison$153.70Oracle
6Larry Page$145.10Google
8Sergey Brin$139.00Google
7Warren Buffett$134.00Berkshire Hathaway
9Bill Gates$131.00Microsoft
10Steve Ballmer$126.50Microsoft

Recently, Tesla shareholders voted to approve a pay package worth approximately $50 billion for Musk at the company’s annual shareholder meeting. This decision is being challenged by a Delaware judge, who has described Musk’s award as “unfathomable.”

Meanwhile, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos overtook Bernard Arnault as the second-wealthiest person in June 2024, after LVMH’s shares fell and Amazon’s shares slightly increased.

As a relevant side note, Arnault has also been carefully laying succession plans for LVMH this year, with the 75-year-old recently appointing two more of his sons to the company’s board in April 2024. This leaves just his youngest son without a spot on the board, though he is employed at the company.

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