Forbes Billionaires 2021: Tyler Perry, Kanye make the list; Black billionaires still a rarity

Forbes has released the new list of the richest people in 2021 and it includes first-time appearances from Tyler Perry and Kanye West. 

Perry, the legendary producer and businessman, made the list as billionaire number 2,677. 

RELATED: Tyler Perry’s work honored with 2020 Governors Award

Kanye West and his estranged wife Kim Kardashian also made the list this year. 

The two, who are in the middle of a divorce, are among 493 first-timers listed for 2021. 

According to Deadline, this is Forbes’ 35th list which features 2,755 billionaires. 

Perry and Kardashian made the list with a net worth of $1 billion, while West ranked higher with a net worth of $1.8 billion. 

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who has a net worth of $177 billion, made the top of the list for the fourth year in a row. Elon Musk came in second with a net worth of $151 billion. 

RELATED: Bezos and Bloomberg among top 50 US charity donors for 2020

Former President Donald Trump dropped from the 1,001st ranking to the 1,299th ranking with a net worth of $24 billion. 

Together, all the billionaires on the list are worth $13.1 trillion. 

Despite the addition of Perry and West, Black billionaires are still a rarity. 

According to USA Today, the Black billionaires include: 

  • Robert F. Smith – $6 billion
  • David Steward – $3.7 billion
  • Opray Winfrey – $2.7 billion
  • Kanye West – $1.8 billion
  • Michael Jordan – $1.6 billion 
  • Jay Z – $1.4 billion
  • Tyler Perry – $1 billion

The full 2021 Forbes World’s Billionaires List can be found here

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