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Jeff Bezos, president and CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, speaks at the Economic Club of Washington DC's 'Milestone Celebration Dinner' in Washington in September of 2018.

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Forbes’ annual world’s billionaires list includes a record-breaking 2,755 billionaires, with Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos topping it for the fourth consecutive year, the media company said on Tuesday.

The ranks of the ultrawealthy are expanding after a year in which the coronavirus pandemic upended world economies and threatened the livelihoods of people across the globe.

This year’s billionaires are worth a combined US$13.1-trillion, up from US$8-trillion last year, Forbes said.

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“The very, very rich got very, very richer,” Forbes’ chief content officer Randall Lane said in an interview with Reuters Video News.

Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk jumped into second spot on the list, up from 31st last year.

Bernard Arnault, CEO of luxury goods firm LVMH, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg round out the top five of the world’s richest billionaires.

Investor and business tycoon Warren Buffett fell out of the top five for the first time in more than two decades, as tech executives dominate the Forbes rankings.

This year’s list has 493 newcomers, including Whitney Wolfe Herd, chief executive of dating app Bumble, which went public this year.

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