How empty is the treasury’s coffers? By comparison, $38.8 billion is on par with the gross domestic product of Bahrain and Paraguay and lower than the net worth of more than two dozen of the richest people in the world. Of course, a large portion of these billionaires’ assets are tied up in stocks rather than liquid assets.
Here’s a list of people with net worths higher than US cash reserves, according to Bloomberg News’ Billionaire Index as of Thursday. (Per the news agency’s editorial policy, its billionaire owner, Michael Bloomberg, is not considered for the index. However, Forbes estimates his net worth at $94.5 billion.)
Bernard Arnault, CEO of the luxury group LVMH: $189 billion
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, Tesla and Twitter: $179 billion
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon: $139 billion
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft: $125 billion
Larry Ellison, co-founder and executive chairman of Oracle: $116 billion
Steve Ballmer, investor and former CEO of Microsoft: $113 billion
Larry Page, co-founder of Google: $112 billion
Warren Buffett, investor: $111 billion
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google: $106 billion
Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook: $92.3 billion
Carlos Slim, investor: $90.3 billion
Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, heir to the L’Oréal fortune and board member: $87.2 billion
Mukesh Ambani, chairman of energy group Reliance Industries: $83.7 billion
Amancio Ortega, founder of the Inditex fashion group: $67.1 billion
Jim Walton, heir to the Wal-Mart fortune: $66.6 billion
Rob Walton, heir to the Wal-Mart fortune: $64.9 billion
Alice Walton, heir to the Wal-Mart fortune: $63.8 billion
Gautam Adani, founder and chairman of the Adani Group conglomerate: $63.4 billion
Jacqueline Mars, heir to and co-owner of the candy manufacturer Mars: DKK 61.7 billion.
John Mars, heir to and chairman of Mars: $61.7 billion
Zhong Shanshan, founder and chairman of the bottled water company Nongfu Spring: 61.6 billion.
Julia Flesher Koch and family, heirs of businessman David Koch: $60.6 billion
Charles Koch, CEO of industrial conglomerate Koch Industries: $60.4 billion
Michael Dell, CEO and Chairman of Dell Technologies: $53.4 billion
Alain Wertheimer, co-owner and chairman of Chanel: $45.9 billion
Gérard Wertheimer, co-owner of Chanel: $45.9 billion
Giovanni Ferrero, executive chairman of the chocolate and confectionery company Ferrero Group, and family: 43.6 billion.
Zhang Yiming, founder and CEO of tech company ByteDance: $42.3 billion
Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike, and family: $41.5 billion
Klaus-Michael Kühne, honorary chairman and majority owner of the transport company Kuehne+Nagel: 40.9 billion.
François Pinault, founder of the luxury group Kering: 39.6 billion