Amazon.com, Inc. chief executive Jeff Bezos remains the world's wealthiest person with a net worth of $177 billion, according to Forbes' 35th Annual World's Billionaires List Fox News reported Wednesday.
Coming in second is Tesla, Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. chief executive Elon Musk with a net worth of $151 billion.
Bezos' fortune is up $64 billion from a year ago as a result of Amazon's rising share price.
Musk had the biggest dollar gain this year's ranking - a $126 billion increase.
The latest Forbes list includes 2,755 billionaires - a 30% jump from a year ago - and 493 of them are newcomers including 210 from China and Hong Kong and 98 from the U.S.
Bernard Arnault, the chief executive of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, retained his No. 3 spot as the French business owner's wealth almost doubled to $150 billion as a result of an 86% increase in the company's share price.
Microsoft Corp. joint founder Bill Gates - who topped the rankings for 24 years - is at No. 4 with $124 billion while Facebook, Inc. chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is No. 5 with around $97 billion.
Larry Ellison, Oracle Corp. joint founder, is at No. 7 with $93 billion while Alphabet Inc.'s Google LLC joint founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin take the No. 8 and 9 places with $91 billion and $89 billion, respectively.
Kim Kardashian West also joins the elite list for the first time. According to Forbes, her estimated net worth rose from $780 million in October to $1 billion largely as a result of her Skims shapewear and KKW Beauty businesses.
Billionaires have added around $8 trillion to their total net value from 2020 - totaling $13 trillion.
The U.S. has the most number of billionaires with 724. China, including Hong Kong and Macao, is second with 698.