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Billionaire Watch

US Billionaires earn $1.3 trn during the pandemic while 80 million lost their jobs

The combined wealth of these billionaires grew by 44.6% during the pandemic.

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While the world battled with the unfortunate Covid 19 pandemic, American billionaires added a mouthwatering $1.3trn to their collective wealth according to Business Insider.

During the same period, 80 million Americans lost their jobs and were living off government stimulus package made available by Donald Trump and Joe Biden administrations.

The disparity between the “Haves” and the “Have not’s” in American society has been the subject of debate for decades. Reports like this will add more steam to the inequality debate in America.

The above study and research were carried out by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). They made use of information obtained from Forbes.

READ: Fintech: Ex-Google employee becomes billionaire in 24 hours

A look at the numbers 

  • According to the study, from the period of March 2020 to February 2021, 80 million Americans lost their jobs
  • The Study also stipulated that from June 2020 to November 2020 about 8 million Americans drifted into poverty.
  • The Biggest earners of the pandemic were Google’s Sergey Brian and Larry Page who added $11.8bn and $11.4bn to their wealth respectively.
  • Warren Buffet the investment Icon and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway was also a big earner during the pandemic. He added a whopping $7.4bn to his net worth, according to Bloomberg. 
  • The 2020 pandemic year also witnessed America add 43 new billionaires to its rank as a couple of companies went IPO during the lockdown.

READ: Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, worth $104 billion keeps $2.3 billion in cash

What you should know 

  • Alexandria Osacrio Cortez is one of the foremost US politicians leading the charge against Inequality in the US. Her major solution to this challenge is to Tax the rich heavily.
  • President Joe Biden intends to raise the percentage of tax paid by America’s wealthiest to 40%.

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    Bernie Madoff, mastermind of the historic $65bn investment fraud dies at 82

    Bernie Madoff passed away today at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina.

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    The man behind what has been described by many as the biggest fraud attempt in US history has passed away in government custody.

    Bernie Madoff was the architect of the biggest Ponzi scheme attempt in the United States. He was a famous Wall Street fellow who at a certain time was the Chairman of Nasdaq and CEO/Founder of the Wall Street firm, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

    Bernie Madoff defrauded about 37,000 people in 136 countries over 4 decades according to US investigators. Included in his victim list are prominent Americans like movie director Stephen Spielberg and former New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon.

    READ: Anti-virus creator, John David McAfee charged for U.S tax evasion

    Bernie Madoff and the US Govt

    Bernie Madoff was arrested on December 11, 2008, following tip-offs. He pleaded guilty to 11 federal crimes and admitted to operating the largest private Ponzi scheme in history. He was sentenced to 150 years in prison with restitution of $170bn.

    Death 

    Bernie Madoff passed away today at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina. His death was confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

    Madoff died apparently from natural causes, the AP reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the matter. He would have turned 83 on April 29.

    What you should know 

    • Restitution is a payment made to compensate a victim for financial losses related to a crime.
    • Bernie Madoff’s family was badly affected by his fraud case. His older son Mark committed suicide according to CNBC.
    • JP Morgan Chase, the primary bank of Bernie Madoff was forced to pay $2.6bn to the US government in settlements.

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    Elon Musk gains $19bn in 3 days, gap with Jeff Bezos shrinks to $4bn

    Elon Musk’s wealth jumped from $175bn as of last week Saturday to $194bn this morning.

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    Elon Musk, Tesla, SEC, Stock, Twitter, COVID-19: Tesla’s Elon Musk to produce ventilators as fast-spread of disease lingers

    Elon Musk has witnessed an eventful past three days as his wealth leapt from $175 billion (as of last week Saturday) to $194 billion this morning.

    The eccentric businessman has now closed the gap between himself and Jeff Bezos to just about $4bn according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

    Nairametrics is quickly going to highlight the reasons for the recent massive surge of dollars for Elon Musk.

    Tesla share price increase

    According to Market Watch, Tesla stocks ended yesterday at their highest value in 8 weeks. The electric car company stock price increased by 8.6% and sold at $762.32.

    According to Motley Fool, the reason for this increase is a generally upbeat mood in the market about growth stocks. It also believed the increase was driven by optimistic comments about Tesla stocks by trusted analysts.

    A surge in Tesla car sales

    According to Nairametrics finance department, Tesla delivery of new cars in the last 3 months of the year exceeded Wall Street expectations. Tesla delivered 184,800 new cars from January to March. This number exceeded Wall Street expectations pegged at 177,000 cars.

    What you should know

    • Jeff Bezos only gained $1bn in the last 3 days, the same duration of days Elon Musk gained $19bn according to the Bloomberg Billionaire’s index.
    • Tesla is currently being portrayed and compared to Apple. The EV carmakers are modelling their vehicles and branding them to fit the “Apple of electric cars” persona. This was made public by Canaccord Genuity analyst Jed Dorsheimer. This also played a role in the surge of stock prices.
    • Tesla is currently the most valuable car company in the world with a market capitalization of $593.8 billion according to Yahoo Finance.

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