It was a bad day to be a billionaire.
As stocks plummeted worldwide Monday on coronavirus fears, the 10 richest people in the world lost a collective $30 billion, according to Forbes.
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos — the world’s wealthiest person despite weathering the costliest divorcein history last year — saw his net worth tumble by $4.8 billion, to just under $123 billion as shares of his e-commerce juggernaut sank 4 percent.
Bezos’ ex-wife MacKenzie likewise saw $1.7 billion wiped from her fortune — which ranks at No. 23 worldwide, according to Forbes.
Jeff Bezos’ Monday loss was matched only by Bernard Arnault, CEO of French luxury conglomerate LVMH, who saw his net worth dip by the same amount to $100.4 billion.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg also felt the heat as his company’s stock slumped 4.5 percent on Monday, costing him $3.4 billion.The 35-year-old Zuckerberg did, however, narrowly hold onto his spot as the fifth-richest person in the world, with a $74.4 billion net worth compared to Zara CEO Amancio Ortega’s $73 billion, who himself lost $4 billion on Monday.
Tesla’s 7.5 percent skid — worsened by the company’s reliance on its newly-opened China factory for continued growth — knocked $2.4 billion off of Elon Musk’s fortune.
Bill Gates, who previously held the title of richest person in the world, lost a comparatively small $1.5 billion, and finished the day worth $111.1 billion.
– New York Post