Miriam Adelson Is “Richest Newcomer” On Forbes 2021 Billionaire List

Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, a'h, at the Birthright Israel gala event in Jerusalem, June 27, 2018. (Courtesy Birthright Israel/Oren Ben Hakun)

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Israeli-American philanthropist Miriam Adelson emerged as the “richest newcomer,” the fifth-richest woman, and the 36-richest person in the world on the Forbes annual list of the world’s billionaires and wealthiest people, published last week.

Adelson inherited most of her wealth from her late husband, philanthropist Sheldon Adelson, a’h, who passed away in January, bringing her net worth to $38.2 billion.

Adelson soared above last year’s wealthiest person with Israeli citizenship, Russian-Israeli businessman and politician Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea F.C., with a net worth of $14.5 billion.

Abramovich is followed by French-Israeli businessman Patrick Drahi, founder of the European-based telecom group Altice, with a net worth of $11.8 billion, and Monaco-based Israeli billionaire real estate, shipping magnate, and philanthropist Eyal Ofer, with a net worth of $11.1 billion.

Ze’ev Stef Wertheimer, an industrialist and former Knesset member, with a net worth of $6.2 billion, is the wealthiest billionaire with Israeli citizenship whose primary residence is in Israel.

Despite widespread economic travails over the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic, 660 new world billionaires were added to the Forbes list since 2020, increasing the number of billionaires in the world to 2,755.

Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest of the world’s billionaires for the fourth consecutive year ($177 billion), followed by Elon Musk ($24.6 billion), Bernard Arnault ($150 billion), Bill Gates ($124 billion), and Mark Zuckerberg ($97 billion).

The country with the most billionaires in the world is the United States (724), closely followed by China (698), and then India (140), Germany (136), and Russia (117).

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Arizona; what is being a billionaire cracked up to be?
    That is not discussed in the article.
    Just seems that it’s interesting since there are only 2,755 out of the 5 or 6 billion people in the world. Doesn’t mean that they are happier or lead more fulfilling lives than the rest if us.