MARYLAND — The coronavirus has precipitated huge job losses and hammered the U.S. economic system, but billionaires in Maryland and worldwide are considerably wealthier than they have been a 12 months in the past, in line with this 12 months’s just lately launched Forbes World’s Billionaires Record.
The variety of billionaires on Forbes’ thirty fifth annual listing jumped to an unprecedented 2,755 individuals, 660 greater than a 12 months in the past. Altogether, they’re value $13.1 trillion, up from $8 trillion in 2020.
Amongst these on the listing, 86 % are richer at present than they have been a 12 months in the past. And the wealthiest Maryland businessman on the listing is new because the chief of the group this 12 months.
The richest Marylander on the Forbes listing may purchase 23.8 million bushels of blue crabs, that are priced at the moment at $259.99 per bushel.
The numbers will probably spark outrage, writes Forbes Chief Content material Officer Randall Lane. “There isn’t any getting round a collective $5 trillion wealth surge throughout a pandemic, when many of the world felt scared, sick, besieged,” he wrote in a complete essay titled “Operation Wealth Speed.”
Nevertheless, “the underlying traits supply a street map to larger prosperity for all,” he continued. “Like the rest salvaged from a once-a-century plague, we simply must be courageous sufficient to harness it.”
A complete of 10 billionaires on this 12 months’s listing hail from Maryland. Mitchell Rales of Potomac is on the prime. Rales is co-founder of Danaher funding agency along with his brother, Steven. Three a long time after constructing Danaher Corp. into an industrial conglomerate, the pair broke their empire into two halves: one half dedicated to science and expertise, in late 2016.
Different Maryland billionaires on the listing embrace:
- Mitchell Rales, Danaher Corp., $6.2 billion
- Stephen Bisciotti, Allegis Group and Baltimore Ravens $4.9 billion
- Ted Lerner, Lerner Enterprises and Washington Nationals, $4.8 billion
- David Rubenstein, Carlyle Group, $3.7 billion
- Jim Davis, Allegis Group, $3.4 billion
- Bernard Saul II, B.F. Saul Firm and The Hay-Adams resort, $3.3 billion
- Dan Snyder, Snyder Communications and the Washington Soccer Staff, $2.6 billion
- Kevin Plank, Underneath Armour, $2 billion
- Keith Dunleavy and family, Inovalon, $1.4 billion
- Theodore Leonsis, Monumental Sports activities together with the Washington Wizards and Capitals, $1.4 billion
To compile this 12 months’s listing, Forbes used a snapshot of its real-time billionaires rankings by analyzing inventory costs and trade charges for March 5.
A document 493 individuals made their debut on this 12 months’s listing. One other 250 who’d fallen off previously made a reappearance, in line with Forbes. This 12 months’s listing features a document 328 feminine billionaires, up from 241 in 2020.
Quickly-to-be-former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos retained the highest spot on this 12 months’s listing for the fourth consecutive 12 months. Bezos, who based the e-commerce big out of his storage in Seattle, Washington, will step down as CEO on the finish of this 12 months.
In the meantime, Elon Musk soared to the No. 2 spot, up from No. 31 on final 12 months’s rating. Bernard Arnault of LVMH stays at No. 3, adopted by Invoice Gates at No. 4. Rounding out this 12 months’s prime 5 is Fb’s Mark Zuckerberg.
See the complete 2021 Forbes Billionaires List.