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