Discover the wealthiest 1% of today

Tesla and SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk cheers as he speaks at the annual political festival Atreju, in Rome on Dec. 16, 2023.

“The world’s first trillionaire may be closer than we think, raising concerns about wealth inequalities and the concentration of power among the richest one percent.

According to an annual report by Oxfam International, the global wealth gap has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the personal fortunes of the top five richest individuals more than doubling since 2020. This highlights the stark contrast between the super-rich and the rest of the world’s population.

In the spotlight this week are tech moguls such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison, luxury giant Bernard Arnault, and investment guru Warren Buffett. Their immense wealth and influence have drawn both criticism and calls for global leaders to address the taxation of the super rich.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, currently holds the title of the world’s richest person, with a net worth of $226.6 billion. However, his influence has expanded beyond the tech industry with the purchase of Twitter, now renamed ‘X.’

Bernard Arnault, the head of LVMH, the world’s largest luxury group, has seen his personal fortune decline to $175.1 billion. Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has seen his wealth rise to $173.6 billion, despite stepping down as CEO.

Larry Ellison, the co-founder of Oracle Corporation, and Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, have also made headlines for their immense wealth and influence.

The gathering of global elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, has further emphasized the growing divide between the super-rich and the rest of the world. While many billionaires have called for fair taxation, others, including Musk, Arnault, Bezos, Ellison, and Buffett, have not pledged their support.

The surge in wealth among the top one percent raises questions about the allocation of resources, social responsibility, and the concentration of power. As the world edges closer to producing its first trillionaire, it is crucial for global leaders and citizens alike to reassess the impact of this wealth disparity and work towards a more equitable future for all.”



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