The richest 500 people on the planet added $852 billion to their fortunes in the first half of 2023, according to data from the Bloomberg Billionaire Index.
The index, which debuted in March 2012, is a daily rating of the world’s 500 richest persons based on their net worth. According to Bloomberg, which originally reported the year-to-date wealth rises, the numbers are updated at the end of each trading day.
Over the last six months, each member of the club earned an average of $14 million per day, according to the site.
Bloomberg claimed that the period was the strongest six months for the ultra-rich since the second half of 2020, when the economy began to recover from the financial impact of COVID-19.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and the owner of Twitter, leads the billionaire group with a net worth of $247 billion as of Wednesday morning.
Second place goes to French business magnate Bernard Arnault, who is worth $199 billion. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos came in third place with $155 billion.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, ranks ninth with $104 billion, trailing Musk by $143 billion.