Rihanna, Peter Jackson and 234 others are joining the ranks this year

Despite a year of war, Covid-19 and sluggish markets, these lucky ones recently joined the three-pig club.


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It was a difficult year for billionaires. They have become 87 less, and they are worth $ 400 billion less than a year ago. ForbesAnnual list of world billionaires. However – in a war, pandemic and sluggish markets – a total of 236 people (compared to a record 493 in 2021) have become billionaires in the last year.

These newcomers come from 34 different countries. Despite technological repression by the government, China has spawned 62 new billionaires (including two from Hong Kong), the most in any country. Including the 52-year-old Chris Xu (worth about $ 5.4 billion), mysterious founder of fast fashion favorite Gen Z Shane and 54-year-old professor of engineering Tang Xiaou ($ 5.7 billion), whose AI firm SenseTime receives about half of its revenue from the Chinese Communist Party (U.S. investors were banned from buying shares on its Hong Kong IPO in December because of sanctions). The richest newcomer from neighboring Taiwan: 74 years old Zhang Konyuan ($ 11.7 billion), founder of shoe manufacturer Huali Industrial, which produces shoes for dozens of brands, including Nike, Puma, UGG and Vans. He is the richest man in his country.

The second largest group of beginners is the United States (50), including the 28-year-old Gary Van | ($ 5.9 billion), co-founder and chief technology officer of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange in the Bahamas, and the 44-year-old Scott Schleifer ($ 5 billion), who was a co-founder of the private equity division of the hedge fund Tiger Global Management.

India closes top three with 29 new billionaires, including 47-year-old hedge fund manager Kartik sarma ($ 3.1 billion), whose company saw its 43% stake in Avis Budget Group grow more than fivefold during 2021, when the car rental company announced it was adding electric vehicles, and the 95-year-old pharmaceutical billionaire Suba Rao Justi ($ 1.1 billion), the oldest addition to this year’s list. The richest homemade woman in India, Falguni Nayar ($ 4.5 billion), ten years ago left the investment banking business at the age of 49 to launch the beauty and fashion retailer Nykaa, bringing it out in November.

Only 33 of the 236 newcomers to this year’s list of billionaires are women, and only 11 of them are self-made.

Renata Kelnerova along with four children inherited a fortune estimated at $ 16.6 billion after her husband Petr Kellner, an investor and the richest man in the Czech Republic, died in a helicopter crash in March 2021. This year she is the richest new billionaire in the world. The richest Americans on the list: Edith Brod ($ 6.9 billion), the widow of the late house-building and insurance magnate and philanthropist Eli Brod, and Melinda French Gates ($ 6.2 billion), ex-wife of Bill Gates of Microsoft.

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As for the do-it-yourselfers who will join the ranks in 2022, no one is richer than the 34-year-old Melanie Perkins, co-founder and CEO of Canva’s graphic design app, which investors valued at $ 40 billion last September. Perkins and her 36-year-old co-founder Cliff Obrecht ($ 6.5 billion each) have promised to donate 30% of Canva shares – the “vast majority” of their shares – to the Canva fund for charitable use.

Among other self-made women who became billionaires this year is a 37-year-old Miranda Ku ($ 1.8 billion), co-founder and president of Shanghai-based social media and e-commerce company Xiaohongshu, and the 34-year-old pop star Rihanna ($ 1.7 billion), whose shares in the cosmetics line Fenty Beauty and the lingerie business Savage X Fenty helped make her the first billionaire in Barbados.

Rihanna is not the only big name in the entertainment industry to join this year’s list for the first time. Lord of the rings director Peter Jackson ($ 1.5 billion) became a billionaire in November when Unity Software sold a stake in its Weta digital film shop for about $ 975 million. In the meantime, the name Leonid Radvinsky ($ 1.2 billion) may not ring the bell, you’re probably familiar with OnlyFans, the 40-year-old online porn veteran’s best investment.

Although global markets have stumbled, there have been more new billionaires in the financial and investment sectors this year (45) than in any other. Among them are traditional investors such as the 36-year-old Josh Kushner ($ 2 billion), whose venture capital Thrive Capital was valued at $ 3.6 billion by Goldman Sachs investors last May, and the 53-year-old Ramzi Musalam ($ 4 billion), which increased the assets of private equity firm Veritas Capital to $ 39.5 billion from $ 2 billion in 2012, when founder Robert McKeon died by suicide.

Beginners in the financial sector also include founders of fintech technologies seeking to break the status quo, including the two youngest billionaires on the list: the 25-year-old Pedro Francesca and 26 years old Enrique Dubougras ($ 1.5 billion each), Brazilian co-founders of the Brex corporate credit card startup, which in January investors valued at $ 12.3 billion.

Brex was not the only decoron whose founders became billionaires this year. Last year, 30 startups worldwide exceeded the $ 10 billion mark, which is twice as much as in 2020. Many of them are technology companies that are helping the technology sector add 38 newcomers to this year’s list, including Alexey Shevchenko and Max Litvin ($ 4 billion each), 42-year-old natives of Ukraine, co-founders of the grammar checker Grammarly, which in November investors estimated at $ 13 billion. Co-founders of the NFT Marketplace OpenSea, 31 years old Become a Finzer and 30 years old Alex Atala ($ 2.2 billion each) became billionaires when the business was valued at $ 13.3 billion in the January round of funding. A month later, the 34-year-old Nikil Vishwanathan and 32 years old Joe Lau ($ 2.4 billion each) have completed a round of funding for its startup Alchemy, whose software provides thousands of blockchain-based computing firms that have valued the firm at $ 10.2 billion. Not bad considering that the couple founded the company less than two years ago.

The manufacturing sector has also released 36 new billionaires this year, including the 65-year-old Susan Carol Holland ($ 3.8 billion), which heads Milan’s Amplifon, the world’s largest hearing aid retailer, was founded by her late father, Algenan Charles Holland, in 1955. Another Italian, 86 years old Giuseppe Crippa ($ 3.2 billion) also debuted on this year’s list, three decades after founding Technoprobe in its garage and attic. Cernusco Lombardone, a maker of devices for testing microchips, published on Euronext Milan in February.

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