The market might sink, but that doesn't prevent the creation of a lot of luck in 2018.
The popularity of Fortnite, a phenomenon that has forced some people into rehabilitation for video game addiction, has enabled Team Sweeney to collect a fortune of US $ 7,200 million this year. Autry Stephens has US $ 11,400 million after Endeavor Energy Resources withdrew offers worth an oil company of up to US $ 15,000 million.
Sweeney and Stephens were only two of the 31 people who entered the Bloomberg billionaire index in 2018, although an increase in global trade conflict and a decline in market flow caused a loss of US $ 1 trillion among those who appeared in the ranking.
Denise Coates, founder and executive director of online betting house Bet365 is another addition to the list. Coates is almost 10 times richer than Isabel II, according to rank.
While Coates had a good year, market turmoil made many rich people get negative numbers. The world's 500 richest people lost US $ 451,000 million this year, which is different from US $ 1 billion added to their wealth in 2017.
Next is the billionaire who won and lost in 2018.
Billionaires in Singapore fared better in terms of the dollar by generating US $ 2.5 billion. That brings the wealth of the richest people in the country to a collective value of US $ 38,000 million.
Jeff Bezos, founder of the Amazon and the richest person in the world, is the biggest winner in 2018 for the second year in a row. His net worth grew by around US $ 24,000 million, to US $ 123,000 million, but even he was not saved from the stock market crash. After reaching its highest point in September, Bezos has seen its wealth fall by around US $ 45,000 million.
Despite a total loss of nearly US $ 76 billion from Chinese billionaires this year, some of the richest people in the country managed to increase their assets. This is the case of Lei Jun, founder of Xiaomi smartphone manufacturer. Jun was second behind Bezos among the biggest winners in 2018, adding $ 8.6 billion to his wealth.
American billionaires suffered the biggest losses this year, a collective decline of US $ 76 billion, largely due to the fall of the December market. Mark Zuckerberg recorded the most famous decline in 2018 when Facebook switched from one crisis to another. His net worth was reduced by almost US $ 20,000 million, which made the 34-year-old have a fortune of US $ 53,000 million.
Chinese Wang Jianlin, Jack Ma and Ma Huateng are three of the 10 biggest losers of the year. Fifty people left the index, including 11 from China or Hong Kong, nine from the US. and four from Russia.
Among those who left the list included Andrej Babis, the Czech Republic prime minister whose wealth came from his chemical and agricultural company Agrofert, and Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, whose net worth dropped to record levels when Rusal's actions fell in the face of fears that the aluminum giant could stop production because of sanctions imposed by the US.
Unfortunately, 13 ranked billionaires have died this year, including Microsoft Paul Allen, Hong Kong real estate tycoon Walter Kwok and Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, owner of English Premier League football club Leicester City.