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How These 50 Billionaires Have Fared During the Coronavirus Crisis

Gabrielle Olya

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the financial well-being of millions of people around the world, with many losing jobs, shuttering their businesses or losing a large portion of their retirement savings due to market volatility. Yet somehow, many of the world’s richest seem to be coming out of the crisis unscathed — and in many cases, even richer.

GOBankingRates compared the net worths of the world’s 50 richest billionaires on March 18 to their net worths on June 4 to determine the total money they lost or gained during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the percentage of their net worth they lost or gained during this time. GOBankingRates also found how much cash each billionaire has donated toward the coronavirus causes and what percentage of their current net worths these donations made up. Take a look at the billionaires who have lost and gained the most during the health crisis.

Last updated: June 12, 2020

Lee Shau Kee

  • Beginning net worth: $28.1 billion
  • Ending net worth: $27.2 billion
  • Amount lost: $900 million

Hong Kong’s Lee Shau Kee is one of the few billionaires who lost wealth due to the pandemic. The real estate mogul has seen his net worth decrease by 3.2% from March to June.

Jim Walton

  • Beginning net worth: $54.6 billion
  • Ending net worth: $54.4 billion
  • Amount lost: $200 million

Walmart heir Jim Walton lost 0.37% of his net worth during the pandemic. Despite this loss, he donated $3.57 million toward the coronavirus charities — less than 0.01% of his total net worth.

Alice Walton

  • Beginning net worth: $54.4 billion
  • Ending net worth: $54.2 billion
  • Amount lost: $200 million

Like her brother, Walmart heiress Alice Walton lost 0.37% of her net worth during the pandemic. She also donated $3.57 million to the coronavirus charities.

Rob Walton

  • Beginning net worth: $54.1 billion
  • Ending net worth: $54 billion
  • Amount lost: $100 million

Rob Walton — also a Walmart heir — lost 0.18% of his net worth due to the pandemic. He also contributed $3.57 million to the coronavirus efforts.

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Ray Dalio

  • Beginning net worth: $18 billion
  • Ending net worth: $18 billion
  • Amount lost: $0

Hedgefund founder Ray Dalio hasn’t lost any of his billions due to the pandemic. He donated $109 million — 0.61% of his net worth — to the coronavirus causes.

Jim Simons

  • Beginning net worth: $21.6 billion
  • Ending net worth: $21.6 billion
  • Amount lost: $0

Renaissance Technologies’ Jim Simons has also made it through the pandemic unscathed — but he actually has fared worse than the rest of the billionaires on this list, because the next people have gained wealth during the pandemic.

Lukas Walton

  • Beginning net worth: $18.4 billion
  • Ending net worth: $18.7 billion
  • Amount gained: $300 million

Walmart heir Lukas Walton has managed to add to his fortune during the pandemic, with his net worth increasing by 1.63%. Like the other Walmart heirs, he has donated $3.57 million to the coronavirus causes.

Qin Yinglin & Family

  • Beginning net worth: $18.5 billion
  • Ending net worth: $18.9 billion
  • Amount gained: $400 million

China’s largest pig breeder, Qin Yinglin, has seen his net worth increase by 2.16% from March to June.

Giovanni Ferrero

  • Beginning net worth: $24.5 billion
  • Ending net worth: $25.4 billion
  • Amount gained: $900 million

Giovanni Ferrero — who has candy to thank for his billions as the maker of Nutella, Ferrero Rocher and Tic Tacs — has seen his net worth increase by 3.67% amid the pandemic. He has donated 0.04% of his total net worth to the coronavirus causes — which might not sound like much, but it amounts to $10.7 million.

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Joseph Safra

  • Beginning net worth: $19.9 billion
  • Ending net worth: $22.3 billion
  • Amount gained: $2.4 billion

Brazilian banking billionaire Joseph Safra’s net worth has jumped up 12.06% since March.

Carlos Slim Helu & Family

  • Beginning net worth: $52.1 billion
  • Ending net worth: $55.2 billion
  • Amount gained: $3.1 billion

Mexican telecom billionaire Carlos Slim Helu has added 5.95% to his wealth since mid-March.

He Xiangjian

  • Beginning net worth: $21.6 billion
  • Ending net worth: $25 billion
  • Amount gained: $3.4 billion

He Xiangjian, the founder of Midea Group, one of the world’s largest appliance makers, has had a 15.74% net worth increase from March to June.

Pictured: Midea’s headquarters in Beijiao

John Mars

  • Beginning net worth: $24.7 billion
  • Ending net worth: $28.3 billion
  • Amount gained: $3.6 billion

Perhaps people have been eating more candy in quarantine. That could explain why John Mars, heir to the Mars Inc. candy company, has seen his net worth grow by 14.57% in recent months. He has donated $10 million — less than 0.04% of his total net worth — to the coronavirus causes.

Jacqueline Mars

  • Beginning net worth: $24.7 billion
  • Ending net worth: $28.3 billion
  • Amount gained: $3.6 billion

Siblings Jacqueline and John Mars each own roughly a third of Mars Inc., Forbes reported, so their change in wealth has been the same. She has also donated $10 million to the coronavirus causes.

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Vladimir Lisin

  • Beginning net worth: $18.1 billion
  • Ending net worth: $21.8 billion
  • Amount gained: $3.7 billion

Vladimir Lisin, the chairman of NLMK Group, a leading manufacturer of steel products, had a 20.44% increase in his net worth from March to June.

Li Ka-Shing

  • Beginning net worth: $21.7 billion
  • Ending net worth: $25.7 billion
  • Amount gained: $4 billion

Businessman Li Ka-Shing, senior advisor at CK Hutchinson Holdings, has seen his net worth grow by 18.43% since mid-March. He has donated $13 million to the coronavirus causes, which amounts to roughly 0.05% of his total net worth.

David Thomson & Family

  • Beginning net worth: $31.6 billion
  • Ending net worth: $35.9 billion
  • Amount gained: $4.3 billion

Canadian billionaire David Thomson’s net worth has risen by 13.61% amid the pandemic. The source of his wealth is the media company Thomson Reuters.

Jack Ma

  • Beginning net worth: $38.8 billion
  • Ending net worth: $43.6 billion
  • Amount gained: $4.8 billion

With people doing more online shopping due to the pandemic, it’s no wonder that Alibaba’s co-founder Jack Ma saw a 12.37% increase in his net worth from March to June. Ma has paid his good fortune forward with $14 million in donations to the coronavirus charities, a contribution that amounts to roughly 0.03% of his total net worth.

Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr.

  • Beginning net worth: $33.3 billion
  • Ending net worth: $38.4 billion
  • Amount gained: $5.1 billion

Like e-commerce shopping, spending on groceries has also seen a boost as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Beate Heister and Karl Albrecht Jr., heirs to the Aldi fortune, are clearly benefiting from this boost with a 15.32% increase in their wealth.

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Yang Huiyan & Family

  • Beginning net worth: $20.3 billion
  • Ending net worth: $25.6 billion
  • Amount gained: $5.3 billion

Yang Huiyan, who owns 57% of real estate development company Country Garden Holdings, according to Forbes, has gained 26.11% more wealth from March to June.

Vladimir Potanin

  • Beginning net worth: $19.7 billion
  • Ending net worth: $25 billion
  • Amount gained: $5.3 billion

Metals have made Vladimir Potanin rich and the pandemic has apparently made the Russian billionaire even richer — his net worth jumped 26.9% from March to June. He’s donated 0.62% of his total net worth — a whopping $155.1 million — to the coronavirus charities. He has given the largest share of his wealth to the cause of any billionaire.

Leonid Mikhelson

  • Beginning net worth: $17.1 billion
  • Ending net worth: $23 billion
  • Amount gained: $5.9 billion

Russia’s Leonid Mikhelson has seen his net worth rise 34.5% over the course of the pandemic. His main source of wealth is the energy company Novatek.

Sheldon Adelson

  • Beginning net worth: $26.8 billion
  • Ending net worth: $33.1 billion
  • Amount gained: $6.3 billion

Even though Las Vegas shut down its casinos amid the coronavirus pandemic, Sheldon Adelson still managed to increase his net worth by 23.51%. Adelson owns more than half of the Las Vegas Sands gambling empire, which has casinos in Singapore and Macao, China, in addition to Sin City. He has donated $2 million to the coronavirus charities — which amounts to less than 0.01% of his current net worth.

Takemitsu Takizaki

  • Beginning net worth: $17.4 billion
  • Ending net worth: $24.6 billion
  • Amount gained: $7.2 billion

Japanese billionaire Takemitsu Takizaki has made his fortune from the manufacturing company Keyence. His net worth has risen 41.38% over recent months.

Hui Ka Yan

  • Beginning net worth: $21.8 billion
  • Ending net worth: $29.4 billion
  • Amount gained: $7.6 billion

Chinese real estate mogul Hui Ka Yan has seen a 34.86% rise in his wealth from March to June. He has donated $15 million — 0.39% of his net worth — to the coronavirus charities.

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Michael Dell

  • Beginning net worth: $22.9 billion
  • Ending net worth: $30.7 billion
  • Amount gained: $7.8 billion

Perhaps an increase in people setting up home offices has led to the 34.06% bump in Michael Dell’s wealth during the pandemic. The Dell Technologies chairman and CEO has been paying his good fortune forward with $104.1 million in donations to the coronavirus charities. Although that’s a hefty sum, it amounts to just 0.34% of his total net worth.

Larry Ellison

  • Beginning net worth: $59 billion
  • Ending net worth: $66.8 billion
  • Amount gained: $7.8 billion

Tech billionaire Larry Ellison has added 13.22% to his net worth since mid-March.

Warren Buffett

  • Beginning net worth: $67.5 billion
  • Ending net worth: $75.7 billion
  • Amount gained: $8.2 billion

Investor Warren Buffett has managed to weather the storm of market volatility — and has come out even stronger on the other side. His net worth has increased by 12.15%.

Gerard Wertheimer

  • Beginning net worth: $17.1 billion
  • Ending net worth: $26.3 billion
  • Amount gained: $9.2 billion

Gerard Wertheimer, co-owner of Chanel, has gained wealth despite a drop in the sales of luxury goods during the pandemic. His net worth has increased by 53.8%.

Alain Wertheimer

  • Beginning net worth: $17.1 billion
  • Ending net worth: $26.3 billion
  • Amount gained: $9.2 billion

Alain Wertheimer is the chairman of Chanel and co-owns the luxury brand along with his brother Gerard.

Tadashi Yanai & Family

  • Beginning net worth: $19.7 billion
  • Ending net worth: $29.6 billion
  • Amount gained: $9.9 billion

Tadashi Yanai founded the retail clothing empire Fast Retailing, whose brands include Uniqlo, Theory, Helmut Lang, J Brand and GU. His net worth has increased by 50.25% since the pandemic began.

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & Family

  • Beginning net worth: $48.9 billion
  • Ending net worth: $59.4 billion
  • Amount gained: $10.5 billion

L’Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is the richest woman in the world — and she’s become even richer during the pandemic. Her net worth has risen 21.47% from March through June. Bettencourt Meyers donated $2.01 million to the coronavirus causes, which is essentially a drop in the bucket for her at less than 0.01% of her total net worth.

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Phil Knight & Family

  • Beginning net worth: $29.5 billion
  • Ending net worth: $40.2 billion
  • Amount gained: $10.7 billion

Nike founder Phil Knight has become 36.27% richer during the coronavirus crisis. He has donated $10 million — 0.02% of his total net worth — to the coronavirus charities.

Ma Huateng

  • Beginning net worth: $38.1 billion
  • Ending net worth: $48.8 billion
  • Amount gained: $10.7 billion

Chinese technology billionaire Ma Huateng’s wealth has increased by 28.08% during the pandemic.

Julia Koch & Family

  • Beginning net worth: $38.2 billion
  • Ending net worth: $49.3 billion
  • Amount gained: $11.1 billion

Julia Koch, who inherited a 42% stake in Koch Industries when her husband, David, died in August 2019, has become 29.06% richer during the pandemic. Koch has donated $4 million to the coronavirus charities — less than 0.01% of her total net worth.

Charles Koch

  • Beginning net worth: $38.2 billion
  • Ending net worth: $49.3 billion
  • Amount gained: $11.1 billion

Charles Koch also owns 42% of Koch Industries, so he’s gained the same amount of wealth as Julia. But he’s donated more to the coronavirus charities: $50 million, or roughly 0.1% of his total net worth.

François Pinault & Family

  • Beginning net worth: $27 billion
  • Ending net worth: $38.2 billion
  • Amount gained: $11.2 billion

François Pinault is another luxury fashion mogul who has managed to become richer during the pandemic despite a drop in sales in the sector. Pinault — who founding Kering, the group that owns Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Gucci — has seen his net worth increase by 41.48%. He has donated $4.3 million — roughly 0.01% of his net worth — to the coronavirus charities.

Bill Gates

  • Beginning net worth: $98 billion
  • Ending net worth: $109.6 billion
  • Amount gained: $11.6 billion

Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ fortune has grown by 11.84% amid the pandemic. Well-known as a philanthropist, Gates has given the largest monetary donation to the coronavirus causes of any billionaire: $305 million. As a percentage of net worth, however, his donation was not the greatest: 0.28% — less than half of Potanin’s 0.62%.

Michael Bloomberg

  • Beginning net worth: $48 billion
  • Ending net worth: $60.1 billion
  • Amount gained: $12.1 billion

Michael Bloomberg has made back all of the $900 million he spent on his failed presidential campaign — and then some. The media entrepreneur and politician’s net worth has grown 25.21% during the pandemic.

Bloomberg has donated 0.32% of his total net worth — $190 million — to the coronavirus causes.

MacKenzie Bezos

  • Beginning net worth: $36 billion
  • Ending net worth: $48.3 billion
  • Amount gained: $12.3 billion

MacKenzie Bezos received 4% of Amazon as part of her divorce settlement, Forbes reported, and those shares have helped her become 34.17% richer amid the coronavirus pandemic. Amazon sales soared 26% in the first quarter of 2020 as people did more shopping from home, The Washington Post reported.

Bezos has given $100 million — 0.21% of her total net worth — to the coronavirus causes.

 

Steve Ballmer

  • Beginning net worth: $52.7 billion
  • Ending net worth: $65.3 billion
  • Amount gained: $12.6 billion

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s net worth has increased by 23.91% during the pandemic. The tech billionaire has donated $28 million to the coronavirus charities, which adds up to about 0.04% of his total net worth.

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Larry Page

  • Beginning net worth: $50.9 billion
  • Ending net worth: $63.7 billion
  • Amount gained: $12.8 billion

Google co-founder Larry Page has become 25.15% richer amid the pandemic.

Sergey Brin

  • Beginning net worth: $49.1 billion
  • Ending net worth: $62.1 billion
  • Amount gained: $13 billion

Google’s other co-founder, Sergey Brin, has grown his net worth by 26.48% from mid-March to June.

Dieter Schwarz

  • Beginning net worth: $19.8 billion
  • Ending net worth: $33.1 billion
  • Amount gained: $13.3 billion

Owner of the Kaufland and Lidl store chains, German billionaire Dieter Schwarz has become 67.17% wealthier during the pandemic. That’s the highest percentage increase in the net worth of any billionaire over the tracked time period.

Amancio Ortega

  • Beginning net worth: $55.1 billion
  • Ending net worth: $68.6 billion
  • Amount gained: $13.5 billion

The man behind the Zara empire, Amancio Ortega, has become 24.5% richer from mid-March through June. The Spanish billionaire has donated $68 million to the coronavirus charities — roughly 0.1% of his total net worth.

Elon Musk

  • Beginning net worth: $24.6 billion
  • Ending net worth: $38.2 billion
  • Amount gained: $13.6 billion

Despite having to shut down Tesla production facilities due to the pandemic, Elon Musk’s net worth has grown by 55.28%.

Mukesh Ambani

  • Beginning net worth: $36.8 billion
  • Ending net worth: $58 billion
  • Amount gained: $21.2 billion

The net worth of Indian energy billionaire Mukesh Ambani has increased 57.61% during the pandemic. He has donated $68.32 million — 0.12% of his total net worth — to the coronavirus causes.

Mark Zuckerberg

  • Beginning net worth: $54.7 billion
  • Ending net worth: $83.4 billion
  • Amount gained: $28.7 billion

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has become 52.47% richer during the pandemic. He has donated $180 million to the coronavirus charities, which amounts to 0.22% of his net worth.

Bernard Arnault & Family

  • Beginning net worth: $76 billion
  • Ending net worth: $105.9 billion
  • Amount gained: $29.9 billion

As LVMH CEO, Bernard Arnault oversees an empire of 70 brands that include Louis Vuitton and Sephora. His net worth has risen 39.34% during the pandemic.

Arnault has donated $5.4 million to the coronavirus charities, which is less than 0.01% of his total net worth.

 

Jeff Bezos

  • Beginning net worth: $113 billion
  • Ending net worth: $148.2 billion
  • Amount gained: $35.2 billion

The richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, has made the most money during the pandemic. However, at 31.15%, the percentage of his net worth increase is not the highest.

Bezos has given about 0.09% of his total net worth to the coronavirus causes, which amounts to $127 million worth of donations.

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Methodology: In order to discover how these 50 billionaires have fared during the coronavirus crisis, GOBankingRates first looked at the 50 richest people in the world as sourced from Forbes’ “2020 World’s Billionaire List” with data from March 18, 2020. Using this list, GOBankingRates found (1) pre-coronavirus crisis net worth for each of the top 50 richest billionaires. GOBankingRates then used Forbes’ “Real-Time Billionaire List” to find each of the top 50 richest billionaire’s (2) net worth as of the end of trading on June 4, 2020. GOBankingRates took these two factors and subtracted them from each other to get (3) total money gained/lost during the coronavirus crisis, as well as (4) percent change in net worth from March 18 to June 4, 2020. GOBankingRates also found how much cash each billionaire has donated toward coronavirus causes and what percent these donations made up their June 4, 2020, net worth. All data was collected on and up to date as of June 4, 2020.

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