Forbes just released their definitive 2020 ranking of the world’s richest humans. Amid pandemic and economic downturn, more than 2,000 people still qualified for the “billionaires” list. (Though 51% are less rich than they were in 2019.)
While it’s still a little early for the official “Forbes 400,” we thought we’d take a look at how last year’s top contenders from the 400 were fairing so far in this year’s international rankings.
Topping the list again this year — and perpetually — is Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Aside from courting and then rebuffing a proposal for Amazon’s “HQ2” East Coast hub, does Westchester really have a connection to the richest man in the world? Yes, it turns out: Jeff’s brother, former Robin Hood VP and volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos lives with his family in Scarsdale, where his wife grew up. Come by for family dinner more often, Jeff.
Net worth: $113 billion, even after signing over $36 billion to ex-wife Mackenzie. (She’s #22 on the list now.)
Yes, the Facebook mega-mogul is a native of Westchester — born in White Plains and raised in Dobbs Ferry. Bet you don’t remember that from The Social Network.
Net worth: $54.7 billion.
With three Westchester homes (two in North Salem and one in Armonk), the former Mayor of NYC is down around $3 billion from last year. Guess he shouldn’t have dropped so much on that presidential bid, huh?
Net worth: $48 billion.
The politically active 89-year-old hedge fund magnate lives in Katonah. After a career in which he donated nearly $32 billion to charities and left-leaning political candidates, Soros made headlines a different way in 2018, when rightwing extremist Cesar Sayoc Jr. mailed improvised letter bombs to Soros, Hillary Clinton, former President Obama, Joe Biden, and more.
Net worth: $8.3 billion.
A former professor of computer science at Columbia University, Shaw maintains a home in Hastings-on-Hudson.
Net worth: $7.3 billion, up a full billion from last year.
Co-founder of an investments firm, the Bronx-born Siegel resides in Scarsdale.
Net worth: $6.1 billion, up more than 10% from last year.
The world-famous designer, now 80, rounds out Westchester’s representation in the international list from his home in Bedford.
Net worth: $5.8 billion.
Founder, chairman, and former CEO of hedge fund group Och-Ziff Capital Management, Och is a Scarsdale resident. He tied with Donald Trump in last year’s Forbes 400.
Net worth: $3.1 billion
This Bloomberg LP co-founder lives in Croton-on-Hudson.
Net worth: $3 billion, up 10%!
Since last year the president’s holdings have been reevaluated down from $3.1 billion. The 73-year-old is actually a former New Yorker and newly minted Floridian, but you’ll still see his name all over Westchester, including a state park (currently in disuse) and the Trump Tower building in New Rochelle.
Net worth: $2.1 billion
The 93-year-old is a Harvard Business School grad who bought into Berkshire Hathaway early. He lives in Rye.
Net worth: $2 billion.