American billionaires added $2 trillion to their wealth during pandemic

American billionaires added $2 trillion to their wealth during pandemic
‘Billionaire bonanza’ surges during public health crisis, 分析により

America’s billionaires got more than $2 trillion richer during the coronavirus pandemic, with their combined wealth nearly doubling over the last 19 months alone, according to a new analysis of フォーブス データ.

The collective fortunes of US billionaires has topped more than $5 兆, from just short of $3 trillion in March 2020 に $5 兆 15 10月, レポートによると from Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies Program on Inequality released on 18 10月.

The pandemic also has produced more than 100 new billionaires. あった 614 people in the US with 10-figure bank accounts as of March 2020, 見つかったレポート. Now there are 745.

Those billionaires now hold two-thirds more combined wealth than the $3 trillion held by the bottom 50 per cent of US households, レポートによると.

Topping the list is Tesla and SpaceX CEO イーロン・マスク, whose wealth climbed from $24.6bn in 2020 to $209.4bn in October 2021 - NS 751 パーセント増加, 見つかったレポート.

アマゾンの創設者 ジェフ・ベゾス, who moved to an “executive chairman” role at the retail giant this year, saw his pre-pandemic wealth surge from $113bn to $192 by mid-October.

Microsoft’s ビルゲイツ grew his wealth by $34.4bn, from $98bn to $132.4bn.

The annual billionaires list compiled by フォーブス そして published earlier this year found that the world’s wealthiest people have amassed more than $13 trillion combined, によって成長する 30 per cent from the previous year.

A vast majority of the hundreds of people on the list are wealthier today than they were one year ago, at the onset of the global health crisis and its economic fallout that left millions of people jobless in the months that followed.

“The great good fortune of these billionaires over the past 19 months is all the more stark when contrasted with the devastating impact of coronavirus on working people,」レポートによると.


Release of the report follows congressional debate over President ジョー・バイデン’s Build Back Better plan, a centerpiece of his domestic agenda proposing $3.5 trillion to combat the climate crisis and extend social policies and safety nets, paid through a combination of tax increases for the nation’s wealthiest individuals and corporations and a repeal of Donald Trump-era cuts.

“America’s billionaire bonanza demonstrates the structural flaws in our current economic and tax systems President Biden and Democrats in Congress are trying to remedy by advancing a $3.5 trillion package of investments in working families and communities, paid for with fairer taxes on the rich and corporations,」レポートは述べています.

The pandemic has revived debate among lawmakers mulling proposals to raise taxes on the nation’s wealthy, which also enjoys widespread popular support.

A 2020 Reuters/Ipsos poll found that nearly two-thirds of respondents believe America’s rich should pay more, と別の 2021 poll from Hill-HarrisX found that a majority of voters support a “wealth tax” on the nation’s billionaires.

A group of civil rights and labour organisations has urged Congress to include a Billionaires Income Tax as part of the Build Back Better legislation.

A recent investigation from ProPublica revealed that more than two dozen people paid a “true tax rate” of less than 4 per cent on a combined $400bn increase in their wealth between 2014 そして 2018, while the median American household earned roughly $70,000 annually and paid 14 per cent in federal taxes.


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