Over the course of the past decade, the top 10 richest people in the world have gotten even richer.
Combined, the world’s 10 wealthiest people added an astonishing $534.8 billion to their collective fortune, according to an analysis of Forbes’ Real-Time Billionaires List, compared to Forbes’ ranking of the wealthiest billionaires in 2010 (as of Aug. 25, 2010).
A large chunk of that stemmed from Amazon’s meteoric rise from an online bookseller to the largest e-commerce platform in the world. In 2010, CEO Jeff Bezos, then the 43rd richest in the world, was worth $12.3 billion; 10 years later, now the world’s richest, he’s worth a staggering $117.4 billion — despite going through an incredibly expensive divorce.
Even though Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett donated $37 billion, at the time the bulk of his fortune, to charity in 2006, he is ending the decade $42.3 billion richer.