Forbes Billionaires Rankings Announced

By Richard Mineards   |   April 19, 2022
Rosewood Miramar owner Rick Caruso ranked 665 on the Forbes rich list (photo by Claudia Lucia)

There are 2,668 billionaires around the globe for the world’s latest rich list. Down from a record 2,755 last year, according to Forbes’ 36th annual billionaires rankings. They’re worth a collective $12.7 trillion – $400 billion more than 2021 – and, as usual, our rarefied enclave is well represented. 

America leads the world with 735 billionaires with a collective worth of $4.7 trillion, including Tesla tycoon Elon Musk, 50, at number one for the first time with $278.4 billion. Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos, 58, is second with $171 billion, with LVMH luxury goods entrepreneur Bernard Arnault, 73, third with $158 billion, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, 66, worth $133.7 billion, and Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, 91, with $118 billion at fourth and fifth.

Santa Barbara’s Larry Ellison, 77, with $106 billion from Oracle ranked 8th, with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 37, 15th with $67.3 billion. Google honcho Eric Schmidt, 66, who has two homes in Montecito, is 70th with $22.1 billion, while Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, 79, whose NFL team has its summer training camp in Oxnard, is at 185 with $10.6 billion.

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani, 87, is at 296 with $7.8 billion while America’s Ralph Lauren, 82, is ranked 350th with $6.9 billion. Carpinteria’s Star Wars mogul George Lucas, 77, is at 418 with $6.1 billion, with Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson at 601 with $4.7 billion.

Rosewood Miramar owner Rick Caruso, 63, is ranked 665 with $4.3 billion along with San Ysidro Ranch owner Beanie Baby billionaire Ty Warner, 77, who has the same ranking, while Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, 68, is at 728 with $4 billion. Mall magnate Herb Simon, 87, who has homes in Montecito and Malibu, is at 851 with $3.5 billion, while TV talk show titan Oprah Winfrey, 68, is 1196 at $2.6 billion.

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway partner, Charlie Munger, 98, is at 1238 with $2.5 billion, while former Montecito resident cell phone entrepreneur Craig McCaw, 72, is at 1397 with $2.2 billion. At 2076 is mega winemaker Bill Foley, 77, who lives in the former Padaro Lane beach house of comedian Dennis Miller with $1.4 billion. He also owns the Golden Knights NHL team in Las Vegas.


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