Since March 18, since the start of the pandemic, American billionaires have grown to a total of more than $ 500 billion. This is evidenced by the data contained in the report of the American non-governmental organization Institute for Policy Studies (“Institute for Political Studies”), published on June 4. First of all, we are talking about the owners and founders of companies whose activities are directly related to online trading and services on the Internet, the demand for which has grown sharply in a pandemic.
The drafters of the report focus on the fact that the pandemic had an extremely negative impact on the welfare of ordinary Americans. So, they cite the data published by the Ministry of Labor, according to which the number of initial applications for unemployment benefits in the United States over the past 11 weeks exceeded 42 million.
At the same time, experts from the Institute for Political Studies indicate, “the combined fortunes of billionaires in the US have grown by $ 565 billion.” According to experts, this is 19.15% higher than the figures recorded before the pandemic. To date, the total amount of funds held by American billionaires is $ 3.512 trillion. At the same time, experts especially highlight a number of rich people who managed to increase their fortune by more than $ 10 billion in almost three months.
Among them, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife Mackenzie Bezos – they got rich for $ 36.2 and $ 12.6 billion, respectively. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg improved his financial position by $ 30.1 billion, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Ilon Musk by $ 14.1 billion, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page by $ 13.9 and $ 13.7 billion respectively. Microsoft founder Bill Gates made a fortune of $ 11.8 billion, while former CEO Steve Ballmer made a fortune of $ 13.3 billion. Entrepreneur and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a fortune of $ 12.1 billion, and one of the founders Nike Sportswear Phil Knight – $ 11.6 Billion