Step aside if you’re not a billionaire! Really, it’s only your business, but still step aside. Renowned Business and Lifestyle magazine, Forbes has officially unveiled its annual list of World Billionaires, and a handful of our favourite entertainers have hitched some of the top spots.
According to Forbes, 68-year-old Oprah Winfrey nabbed the top spot of entertainers in 2022, coming in at an impressive $2.6 billion.
Oprah is followed by Yeezy founder Kanye West, with $2 billion, and his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian came in third with $1.8 billion.
While last year’s list had 2,755 Billionaires, this year the total dropped to 2,668 – among those who fell off were Bumble dating app creator Whitney Wolfe Herd and Peloton chairman and ex-CEO John Foley.
Other recording artists who made the cut include Rihana ($1.7 billion), who happened to be tied with legendary basketballer Michael Jordan, followed by 4:44 hitmaker JAY-Z, sitting at $1.4 billion.
Tyler Perry, who made his debut in the 2021 edition, managed to hold onto his spot for another year with a valuation of $1 billion.
Along with revealing some of the more broad details of their bank accounts, the publication also hinted at their sources of income. As for Kanye, it’s “Fashion & Retail,” including his sneakers, clothing and music, while Oprah’s TV shows are categorized under “Media & Entertainment.”
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos retain first and second spot on the overall list, while Bill Gates came in 4th.
On the side, Aliko Dangote, CEO and founder of the Dangote Group is still the richest man in Nigeria and Africa, with $14 billion.
The world’s billionaires are worth a whooping $12.7 trillion but lost significant stash due to the pandemic and the ongoing war in Ukraine. However, Russian billionaires have suffered the most depreciation, following the freezing of their assets around the world.