Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos topped Forbes' list of richest Americans for the third year in a row, while U.S. President Donald Trump's ranking dropped as the pandemic slammed his office buildings, hotels and resorts, the magazine said Tuesday.
The wealth of 643 of US' richest billionaires rose from $2.95 trillion to $3.8 trillion between March 18 and September 15. This marks a 29% increase over those six months. That's according to a report by the Institute for Policy Studies and Americans for Tax Fairness said. Tesla founder Elon Musk's wealth increased by 273% in the period to $92 billion. Jeff Bezos wealth increased 64.8%, from $113 billion to $182. Mark Zuckerberg's wealth increased from $54 billion to $100.
MacKenzie Scott is the richest woman in the world. Scott's net worth is now a staggering $68 billion. According to CNN, Scott has surpassed L'Oréal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyer in terms of wealth. Scott was married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos until their recent divorce. Scott received a quarter of Bezos' Amazon shares in the couple's divorce settlement in 2019. That equated to a 4% stake that was worth more than $35 billion at the time.
Jeff Bezos already holds the title of the world's richest man. Now the tech mogul's net worth has skyrocketed once again, setting another new record. According to CNN, on Wednesday, the Amazon CEO's wealth reached an estimated $202 billion. Bezos founded Amazon in 1994 and continues to break records with his wealth. The impressive growth in Bezos' fortune is being fueled by his holdings in Amazon (AMZN). The company's stock is up nearly 25% over the last three months and 86% so far this year.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll is bad news for Joe Biden. The poll has Pres. Donald Trump narrowly ahead Joe Biden in Florida and Arizona among likely voters. The poll was conducted September 15-20. It found Trump ahead by 4 points in Florida (51%-47%) and 1 point in Arizona (49%-48%) among likely voters. According to Forbes, the Post/ABC News poll is a high quality survey.
Forbes magazine has declared Tyler Perry a billionaire. Perry was raised in poverty in New Orleans. CNN reports that Perry dropped out of high school and went through a period of homelessness as he struggled as a playwright. The plays made him a star. He's produced TV shows and movies and owns one of the biggest studios in the country. "Ownership changes everything," he told Forbes.