Looks like he’ll have to scrape by on a mere $68.6 billion.
Warren Buffett, after giving away a $2.9 billion gift this week, has seen his wealth drop below those of Google
co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin as well as former Microsoft
CEO Steve Ballmer, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
The Berkshire Hathaway
boss, who was in the top five just last month, is now eighth on the list, his lowest position since the index came out in 2012. Part of his fall from the top tier is that fact that he’s given away $37 billion to charity since 2006.
Berkshire’s less-than-stellar stock performance this year has also weighed on his ranking:
As you can see from the chart below, Amazon’s
Jeff Bezos still owns the top spot, with his net worth soaring $68 billion this year alone. Ballmer’s has increased by $18 billion, as technology executives are well represented on the list. Bernard Arnault, the boss of luxury-goods giant LVMH
is the only nontech billionaire placing ahead of Buffett.
You can’t take it with you, of course, and Buffett has pledged to give away his fortune to charity. He recently told shareholders it will now take 12 to 15 years for his estate to unload all the shares he holds at the time of his death, Bloomberg reported.
At last check, Berkshire shares were being swept lower with the broader market, down more than 1%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average
and S&P 500
were deep in red territory in Thursday’s bruising trading session.