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Forbes unveils 400 richest Americans, list 44 newcomers, as Trump misses out again

  American business magazine, Forbes, over the weekend, said 44 newcomers joined its list of 400 America’s richest people in 2021.   For...

 


American business magazine, Forbes, over the weekend, said 44 newcomers joined its list of 400 America’s richest people in 2021.

 

Forbes disclosed this in a post on its verified Instagram page @Forbes, on Sunday.

 

It said the 400 richest Americans are now 40 percent richer than they were last year—worth a collective $4.5 trillion.

 

According to the magazine, those ranks had been bolstered by the addition of 44 new entrants, the highest number of newcomers since 2007.

 

“It is been a bumper year for billionaires as more than twice as many people joined the Forbes 400 this year compared to last year, with nearly two-thirds of them making their fortunes in finance and technology.

 

“This included technology stocks, cryptocurrencies and other assets that have thrived in the COVID era.

 

“The market’s wild swings and stunning rise since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic had made many millennial avid investors, and nobody had benefited more from their obsession with meme stocks and crypto mania than a few of their young peers,” Forbes said.

 

In all, 15 members of the Forbes400 are under 40, up from 12 last year, with 44 of them appearing on the list for the first time.

 

The 15 included 29-year-old Sam Bankman-Fried, who is amassed an astonishing $22.5 bn via his FTX the cryptocurrency exchange.

 

Rival exchange Coinbase’s co-founders Brian Armstrong (38) at $11.5 bn and Fred Ehrsam (33) at $3.5 bn; Robinhood Markets’ 37-year-old co-founder Baiju Bhatt at $2.9 bn.

 

Mark Zuckerberg (37), by far the wealthiest person in this group with a $134.5 bn fortune.

 

Recall that the magazine had on Oct 5 reported that the former US President Donald Trump was now worth an estimated $2.5 billion, leaving him $400 million short of the cutoff to make this year’s Forbes 400 list.

 

Trump was just as wealthy as he was 12 months ago, when he stood at No. 339 on the ranking, but the real estate mogul was down $600 million since the start of the pandemic.

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