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贝佐斯不再孤独,盖茨晋升千亿美元富豪

现在全球又同时出现了两位千亿美元巨富。

彭博社一直在跟踪约2800位亿万富翁的财富变动情况,其中145人身家至少100亿美元,构成了百亿美元“天团”。现在全球又同时出现了两位千亿美元巨富。

彭博亿万富翁指数显示,昔日全球首富、微软公司的联合创始人比尔·盖茨的个人财富再度迈过1000亿美元大关,原本只有亚马逊的首席执行官杰夫·贝佐斯一人的千亿美元“俱乐部”变成双雄并立。

盖茨的财富目前刚超过1000亿美元,本世纪初互联网泡沫阶段以来从未达到如此高的水平。互联网泡沫期间,亚马逊的创始人贝佐斯才刚刚开始向全球富豪榜进军。现在贝佐斯身家1456亿美元,单单今年以来就增加了207亿美元,盖茨去年身家增加了95亿美元。

两位巨富资产迅速增加,也显示出美国社会的贫富差距扩大。掌握资本最多的阶层资产增值速度最快,与全球趋势相同。法国奢侈集团LVMH的创始人伯纳德·阿诺特坐拥862亿美元资产,约相当于法国经济总量的3%。西班牙的服装业大亨阿曼西奥·奥特加的资产净值相当于西班牙GDP的5%。格鲁吉亚的企业家毕齐纳·伊万尼什维利的财富约为格鲁吉亚GDP的三分之一。

不过,盖茨和贝佐斯掌握巨额财富的时间可能不会太长。盖茨已经向比尔及梅琳达·盖茨基金会捐赠了超过350亿美元,并表示有意捐出至少一半个人财富。贝佐斯可能也会放弃部分财富,但原因和盖茨不同:他和妻子麦肯齐正在闹离婚。(财富中文网)

译者:Pessy

审校:夏林

Bloomberg tracks the fortunes of some 2,800 billionaires. Of those, 145 are worth at least $10 billion, making them decabillionaires. Now, the world contains two centibillionaires simultaneously.

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, once the world’s richest person, has again eclipsed the $100 billion threshold, joining Amazon.com Inc.’s Jeff Bezos in the exclusive club, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Gates’s fortune, now $100 billion on the nose, hasn’t reached such heights since the dot-com boom, when Bezos was only beginning his march up the world’s wealth rankings. The Amazon founder is now worth $145.6 billion, having added $20.7 billion this year alone, while Gates has gained $9.5 billion in 2018.

These two fortunes underscore a widening wealth gap in the U.S., where those with the most capital are accumulating riches the fastest. It’s also a worldwide trend. France’s Bernard Arnault has an $86.2 billion fortune, equal to about 3 percent of his country’s economy. The net worth of Spain’s Amancio Ortega represents 5 percent of that nation’s gross domestic product. And then there’s Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose worth about a third of Georgia’s GDP.

The Gates and Bezos mega-fortunes may not last long. Gates has donated more than $35 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and said he intends to give away at least half of his wealth. Bezos, meanwhile, may be about to cede some of his fortune for a different reason: he and his wife Mackenzie are divorcing.

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