ILLUSTRATION. The world‘s billionaires saw their wealth rise to record highs during the pandemic. REUTERS / Joshua Roberts / File Picture
Source: BBC | Editor: Barratut Taqiyyah Rafie
KONTAN.CO.ID – NEW YORK. The world‘s billionaires saw their wealth rise to record highs during the pandemic. Leading technology companies and industry earn the most.
Launch BBC, according to a report by Swiss Bank UBS, world billionaires saw the value of their wealth rise 27.5% to US $ 10.2 trillion in the April to July period this year.
That figure is up from a previous peak of US $ 8.9 trillion at the end of 2017 and is largely due to rising global share prices.
UBS said billionaires had done “very well” in the Covid crisis.
He also said the number of billionaires had reached new heights of 2,189, up from 2,158 in 2017.
It comes as a World Bank report on Wednesday suggests extreme poverty will rise this year for the first time in more than two decades due to the pandemic.
Demand is increasing
Among billionaires, this year’s biggest winners have been industrialists, whose fortunes rose by a staggering 44% in the three months to July.
“The industry is benefiting disproportionately as the market appreciates a significant economic recovery, following the worldwide lockdown,” said UBS.
Tech billionaires have also seen an increase in wealth during the pandemic, when the value of their wealth has jumped 41%. UBS said this was due to the increasing demand for their goods and services.
Editor: Barratut Taqiyyah Rafie