Taylor Swift, Magic Johnson, Sam Altman Join Forbes’ Billionaires List

Taylor Swift, Magic Johnson and Sam Altman are among 265 new faces on Forbes’ annual billionaires list, released this week.

The full ranking features a record 2,781 people, with a total value of an unprecedented $14.2 trillion, as of March 8.

Swift ($1.1 billion) joined the three-comma club thanks to “The Eras Tour,” her ongoing marathon of 152 shows in 54 cities on five continents.

The global concert tour generated more than $1 billion in revenue and was made into a film that premiered in AMC theaters before moving to Disney+.

The singer-songwriter’s net worth also reflects the estimated value of her music catalog — which includes hits like “Blank Space” and “Anti-Hero” — and her real estate holdings.

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson is now a billionaire, says Forbes.

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Johnson ($1.2 billion) is best known for leading the Los Angeles Lakers to five championship titles in the 1980s. But the basketball star has made most of his fortune since taking over. retirement.

He has small stakes in the Washington Commanders, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Sparks and Los Angeles FC. He has also made lucrative investments in Starbucks franchises, movie theaters and real estate over the years.

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, speaks at the Wall Street Journal's WSJ Tech Live conference in Laguna Beach, California, October 17, 2023.

Sam Altman is CEO of OpenAI.

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Altman ($1 billion) is the CEO of Microsoft-backed OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT and a pioneer in artificial intelligence.

His inclusion on the rich list is a product of his bets on fledgling companies when he was president of Y Combinator; an early bet on Stripe; a position on Reddit, which became public this month; and a stake in Helion, a nuclear fusion startup.

The richest person to debut this year is Andrea Pignataro ($27.5 billion), the former Salomon Brothers bond trader behind ION Group, a financial software company. His net worth reflects his stake in ION as well as other assets, including an assortment of high-end villas and hotels in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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The boom in AI, cryptocurrencies and other technologies has helped several people achieve billionaire status this year. This group includes Super Micro Computer CEO Charles Liang ($6.1 billion), Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su ($1.3 billion), Tesla and SpaceX investor Antonio Gracias ($1.1 billion). billion dollars), Harvey Jones, director of Nvidia ($1 billion) and Giancarlo Devasini ($9.2 billion). billion), who worked as a plastic surgeon before launching crypto giant Tether.

Todd Graves, CEO and founder of Raising Cane's, is one of the 500 richest people in the world, according to Bloomberg.

Todd Graves is the founder of Raising Cane’s.

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Other newcomers to the Forbes list include Todd Graves ($9.1 billion), the founder of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers; Dick Wolf ($1.2 billion), the producer of television shows including “Law & Order”; Christian Louboutin ($1.2 billion), the fashion designer behind the iconic red-soled high heels; and three co-founders of fast fashion titan Shein, each worth $4.2 billion.

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Christian Louboutin is famous for his shoes with red soles.

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