The billionaires who have won the most (and lost) in 2018 – 01/01/2019



The markets may have sunk, but that did not stop the creation of many megafort gardens in 2018.

The popularity of Fortnite, the phenomenon that forced some people to enter rehabilitation due to addiction to video games, allowed Tim Sweeney Collect assets of US $ 7,200 million last year. Autry Stephens owns US $ 11.4 million Endeavor Energy Resources attracted offers that the oil company valued to $ 15,000 million.

Sweeney and Stephens were alone two of the 31 people who entered the Bloomberg billionaires index in 2018, despite the fact that the increase in commercial conflicts on a global level and a downward flow in the markets generated a loss of US $ 1 billion among those in the ranking.

Denise Coates, founder and British executive director of the online sportsbook Bet365 It is another addition to the list. Coates is, according to the rankings, almost 10 times richer than Queen Elizabeth II.

While Coates had a good year, the turmoil on the market led many rich people to achieve negative figures. The 500 richest people in the world have lost US $ 451,000 million this year, which contrasts with the US $ 1 billion added to their fortune in 2017.

Then the billionaires who won and lost in 2018.

The winners

To the billionaires from Singapore they did better in terms of dollars by earning US $ 2.5 billion. That brought the wealth of the richest of the country to a collective net worth of US $ 38,000 million.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is the richest man in the world. AFP

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is the richest man in the world. AFP

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the richest man in the world, was the biggest winner of 2018 for the second year in a row. Shareholders' equity grew around US $ 24,000 million, to US $ 123,000 million, but nor was he saved from the collapse of the stock markets. After reaching the highest point in September, Bezos has seen its fortune drop by about US $ 45,000 million.

Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi, the Chinese manufacturer of mobile phones. Bloomberg

Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi, the Chinese manufacturer of mobile phones. Bloomberg

Despite the total loss of almost US $ 76,000 million from the Chinese billionaires in 2018 some of the richest in the country were able to increase their assets. It is the case Lei Jun, founder of the smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi. Jun finished second behind Bezos, one of the biggest winners of the year, and added $ 8.6 billion to his assets.

The losers

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, had several surprises in 2018. Photo: Bloomberg

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, had several surprises in 2018. Photo: Bloomberg

the American billionaires they suffered the biggest loss this year, a collective decrease of US $ 76 billion, largely as a result of the market crash in December. Mark Zuckerberg recorded the most notorious decline in 2018 since Facebook went from one crisis to another. The net worth was reduced by almost US $ 20,000 million, with which the 34-year-old with a fortune of US $ 53,000 million.

The Chinese Wang Jianlin, Jack Ma and Ma Huateng They are three of the 10 biggest losers this year. Fifty people have left the index, including eleven from China or Hong Kong, nine from the United States and four from Russia.

Among those who left the list, it stood out Andrej Babis, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic whose fortune comes from his chemical and agricultural company Agrofert and the Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, whose net worth plummeted to a record level, when Rusal shares fell due to concerns that the aluminum giant could cease production due to sanctions imposed by the United States.

Paul Allen, founder of Microsoft, died in 2018. Photo; Reuter

Paul Allen, founder of Microsoft, died in 2018. Photo; Reuter

unfortunately 13 ranking billionaires died this year, among them Paul Allen from Microsoft, Hong Kong's real estate agent Walter Kwok and Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, owner of the Leicester City football club of the English Premier League.


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