Bernard Arnault, the French patron of Lvmh, is the only exception. In top five of the richest men in the world is in fact the only non-American of the restricted club of the Scrooge, elite club dominated by rich stars and stripes that if you take the top ten even reach eight: Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Elon Musk (Tesla), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google), Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway).
Bezos, Musk, Gates and Zuckerberg they manage to collect a personal fortune that all together touches i that touches i 700 billion dollars. He writes it on Sole 24 Ore, according to which the dominion of Scrooge stars and stripes can, of course, be considered a symbol of the general primacy of the US economy, which today is breaking the grip of the pandemic crisis. But it is also the face of what critics denounce as another kind of virus, that of excessive races to inequalities of wealth and income, influence and power. Imbalances that the pandemic has accentuated.
The Forbes Billionaire Index
In fact, the Confindustria newspaper recalls how despite promises of corrections with public interventions almost a third of wealth in the United States is now in the hands of 1%, while the bottom 50% shares 2%. But the wider elite reaches 1.3 million names, or, for the less selective, 1.6 million. UBS in its Global Wealth Report estimated that in the past year America has contributed a good third of the world’s 5.2 million neo-millionaires, that means 1.7 million for a national total of 22 million.
It is a sprint that shows no signs of stopping: in the next five years it should add 6.1 million, beating China by far. Finally, concludes the Sun, the US also boasts the world record of the so-called UHNWI, “ultra high net worth individuals” with variously estimated assets of at least 30 or 50 million.