The World’s Five Wealthiest Families Control $735 Billion

CAPITALISM, 2 Nov 2020

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Extreme income inequality has become an “explosive issue” in most contemporary societies.

5 Richest Families in the World:

  1. Walton US$215 billion
  2. Mars US$120 billion
  3. Koch US$110 billion
  4. Al Saud US$ 95 billion
  5. Ambani US$ 81 billion

5 Richest Persons in the World:

  1. Jeff Bezos US$189 billion
  2. Bernard Arnault US$119 billion
  3. Bill Gates US$115 billion
  4. Mark Zuckerberg US$102 billion
  5. Elon Musk US$93 billion

TOTAL: US$ 1,239 trillion

Jeff Bezos at a conference. | Photo: Twitter/ @mrwtffacts

27 Oct 2020 – The New Zealand company Buy Shares published today a study holding that the world’s five richest families control an accumulated fortune of US$735 billion.

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The study placed the Walton family, which owns Walmart, at the top of its list with a fortune of US$215 billion. They are followed by the Mars family, which owns US$120 billion thanks to its food empire, and the Koch family which reaches third place with US$110 billion.

Behind them are the Al Saud family, whose large oil reserves have generated a fortune of USD95 billion, and India’s Ambani, from the Reliance conglomerate, with US$81 billion.

Buy Shares recalled that when the focus is placed on the world’s richest, “the growing inequalities” suffered by most of the “great global economies” are also detected.

“Inequalities exist because there are regimes that allow market domination and low taxation of capital, especially in the United States,” Buy Shares recalled, commenting that extreme income inequality shows that it is necessary to fix capitalism since, in “some jurisdictions”, this issue has become an “explosive political issue”.

This analysis also confirmed Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, as the richest person in the world, with a fortune of US$189 billion, followed by the Frenchman Bernard Arnault, who is the president of the conglomerate of luxury brands LVMH, with US$119 billion.

On the list of the richest people are also Bill Gates (US$115 billion), Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (US$102 billion), and Tesla adviser Elon Musk (US$93 billion).

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