A few days ago, the billionaire Bill Gates anticipated that he would leave the list of the richest in the world. The reason was very simple: the co-founder of Microsoft announced the donation of 20 billion dollars to his foundation.
“Melinda and I started the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 because we believed that every person should have the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life. That vision remains the same, but the great crises of our time demand that we all do more”, Gates began by saying.
“With the support and guidance of our board, we plan to increase our spending from nearly $6 billion per year today to $9 billion per year by 2026. To help make this spending increase possible, I am transferring $20 billion to the endowment of the foundation this month”, added the billionaire.
Now, Gates’ premonition has already come true and there is a new fourth richest man in the world, according to the magazine’s real-time listing. Forbes. It is about the Indian tycoon Gautam Adani, who rose a square in the ladderputting himself ahead of the co-founder of Microsoft.
Adani’s fortune, who is also the richest man in Asia, has grown exponentially since the beginning of 2021 and is already around 115.4 billion dollars. For his part, Bill Gates’ fortune currently stands at $104.2 billion.
According to the newspaper The Times of India, Adani entered the club of 100,000 million on April 4 of this year. A few months later, the tycoon already managed to appear in the top 5 of the richest men in the world.
Adani has its strength in the infrastructure sector. Additionally, it participates in six companies that bear its name and operate in energy markets, ports, among others.
The now fourth richest man in the world is 60 years old and is not far from who retains the third position. Like Bill Gates, Adani dropped out of Harvard University; then, he started a commodity export company in 1988. Since then, his wealth has been on the rise. In 2008, Gautam Adani first appeared on the list Forbes one of the richest in the world, at that time, with a fortune of 9.3 billion dollars.
This is the top 5 of the richest men in the world, according to ‘Forbes’
- Elon Musk – 234.4 billion dollars.
- Bernard Arnault – 155.7 billion dollars.
- Jeff Bezos – $143.9 billion.
- Gautam Adani – 115.4 billion dollars.
- Bill Gates – 104.2 million dollars.
Will Bill Gates continue to drop in the ranking?
Bill Gates’ philanthropic activity dates back several years, however, his recent announcement included a detail that surprised the world. The tycoon insisted on his desire to eventually give his entire fortune to the foundation. If so, his departure from the list of the richest people in the world will be inevitable.
“As I look to the future, I plan to give virtually my entire estate to the foundation. I will go down and eventually get off the list of the world’s richest people.”Gates said on his Twitter account.
For Gates, it is an “obligation” to give back the resources he has earned from the founding of Microsoft, one of the most widely used operating systems and, in general, one of the most recognized and bought technology companies worldwide.
“I have an obligation to return my resources to society in the way that has the greatest impact to reduce suffering and improve lives. And I hope that others in positions of great wealth and privilege will also step forward at this time.”
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