It’s true what they say: the rich do keep on getting richer. Over the past decade, the net worth of the current ten richest people in the world has increased by over $400 billion, rising from $257.9 billion in 2010 to $686.4 billion now. That represents a 266% increase, compared to an increase in global wealth of 180% over the same period. This decade has also seen the total number of billionaires double, illustrating an ever-widening gap between rich and poor. According to data taken from Forbes’ 2020 rankings, this is how much richer the world’s top ten billionaires have gotten.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos tops the 2020 ranking for the third year in a row, at a net worth of $113 billion. He was worth $12.3 in 2010, marking just over a $100 billion increase in 10 years. Bezos started the multinational giant Amazon, initially an online bookstore, in his garage in 1994. He also owns The Washington Post newspaper and invests in space technology.
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