The 10 Richest American Billionaires 2021

Richest American Billionaires

Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk

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The Americans sitting atop Forbes’ fresh checklist of the arena’s richest are a ways wealthier than they agree with been a year within the past.


The pandemic year has been honest to The usa’s 724 billionaires, who are fee a collective $4.4 trillion on Forbes’ fresh 2021 World’s Billionaires checklist—up by nearly $1.5 trillion from closing year. Nonetheless even among this ultra-prosperous situation, wealth is focused on the tip: the 10 richest American billionaires are fee a mixed $1.05 trillion—24% of the U.S. billionaire total—and yarn for nearly a Third of the positive components within the previous year. 

The ideal U.S. gainer in greenback phrases is Elon Musk, who has catapulted from the 20th-wealthiest American on the 2020 Forbes World’s Billionaires checklist to the 2nd-richest on this planet (and the U.S.) on this year’s checklist. For that he can thank a whimsical 728% upward push within the stock heed of his electrical automaker Tesla since closing year’s checklist (which outmoded stock costs from March 18, 2020). In January, Musk temporarily passed Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to turn into the arena’s richest particular person forward of slipping back to 2nd space.

Bezos stays the richest American, and the richest particular person on this planet, on this year’s checklist. The Amazon chief is $64 billion richer than a year within the past, as a result of a 64% upward push within the e-commerce enormous’s portion heed as the quarantining world turned to online browsing. Bezos and Musk are adopted by Bill Gates, who’s richer than ever partly as a outcomes of hovering Microsoft stock. Gates, who left Microsoft’s board closing year, has turned mighty of his consideration toward battling the Covid-19 pandemic. He also printed a book on how innovation may perhaps perchance well furthermore be harnessed to stay a ways off from a native climate disaster.

Of the ten richest American billionaires this year, eight agree with been among closing year’s top ten richest billionaires on this planet as properly. This year Walmart heirs Clutch Walton and Jim Walton agree with been overtaken by Musk and Google cofounder Sergey Brin.

#1 | Jeff Bezos


NET WORTH: $ 177 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: AMAZON

RESIDENCE: SEATTLE

Bezos is the arena’s wealthiest particular person for the fourth straight year, despite temporarily shedding that title to Elon Musk in January. The 57-year-aged Amazon founder is stepping down as CEO later in 2021. He for the time being owns ethical under 11% of the tech enormous’s stock.

#2 | Elon Musk


NET WORTH: $151 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: TESLA, SPACEX

RESIDENCE: AUSTIN, TEXAS

The Tesla CEO’s fortune jumped by 514%—(optimistic, $126.4 billion!) since March 2020 (when Forbes finalized the 2020 billionaires checklist), thanks to a hovering non-public market valuation for his situation exploration company SpaceX and even loftier public market enthusiasm for Tesla stock.

#3 | Bill Gates


NET WORTH: $124 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: MICROSOFT

RESIDENCE: MEDINA, WASHINGTON

The Microsoft cofounder’s charitable foundation has given or pledged bigger than $1.75 billion toward Covid-19 relief, with mighty of it spent on the mass manufacturing and administration of medical affords. 

#4 | Impress Zuckerberg


NET WORTH: $97 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: facebook

RESIDENCE: PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA

Persisted congressional scrutiny and promoting boycotts agree with yet to dent Zuckerberg’s fortune. Fb shares rose 80% over the last year, making Zuckerberg bigger than $42 billion richer than he was once a year within the past.

#5 | Warren Buffett


NET WORTH: $96 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY

RESIDENCE: OMAHA

Berkshire Hathaway’s 90-year-aged chairman and CEO is $28.5 billion richer than closing year, despite giving $2.9 billion fee of Berkshire Hathaway stock to charitable foundations in July 2020, thanks to a 36% upward push in Berkshire stock. Still his positive components agree with been outpaced by others. Buffett is the arena’s No. 6 richest this year. It’s the important time since 1993 that he hasn’t been within the tip 5 richest on this planet.

#6 | Larry Ellison


NET WORTH: $93 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: ORACLE

RESIDENCE: LANAI, HAWAII

The Silicon Valley titan moved to Hawaii at some point of the pandemic. Utility enormous Oracle, meanwhile, which he cofounded in 1977, has relocated its headquarters from the Bay Space to Texas.

#7 | Larry Page


NET WORTH: $91.5 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: GOOGLE

RESIDENCE: PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA

#8 | Sergey Brin


NET WORTH: $89 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: GOOGLE

RESIDENCE: LOS ALTOS, CALIFORNIA

Page and Brin, who basically based Google in 1998, proceed to wait on as board participants of its guardian company, Alphabet however otherwise defend low profiles. Google was once under fireplace in Australia earlier this year for what critics insist is the hunt engine’s feature in weakening the media there.

#9 | Steve Ballmer


NET WORTH: $68.7 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: MICROSOFT

RESIDENCE: HUNTS POINT, WASHINGTON

The former Microsoft CEO’s fortune has climbed by $16 billion since closing year as a outcomes of the uptick in Microsoft’s portion heed. On the philanthropy front, Ballmer and his wife, Connie, donated $54 million to Covid-19 relief efforts in 2020.

#10 | Alice Walton


NET WORTH: $61.8 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: WALMART

RESIDENCE: FORT WORTH, TEXAS

Walton and her siblings, with varied relatives, collectively secure about half of of the arena’s ideal retailer, Walmart. The corporate’s stock is up bigger than 5% since closing year’s checklist, thanks in phase to efforts to boost online sales to compete with Amazon Prime.

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