Brexit Causes Economic Upheaval: World's Richest People To Lose Billions

By on June 30, 2016 in ArticlesBillionaire News

Brexit's effects go far beyond political pandemonium. The announcement that the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union has caused stocks to drop significantly – spelling huge financial trouble for the common man, but also creating staggering losses for the wealthy.

As the world market tumbles, so do the fortunes of the 400 richest people in the world. They saw their net worth's shrink by over 3% – meaning a collective loss of nearly 4 trillion dollars. The top 400 richest people lost $127 billion dollars on Friday, alone.

Nearly as soon as it was revealed that the majority of British citizens had voted in favor of exiting the EU, the DOW Jones Industrial average had its eight largest point loss of all time, dropping a whopping 610 points.

Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Drew Angerer/Getty Images

However, the effects have been especially potent across the pond. The pan-European Stoxx dropped a frightening 7%. The last time they had seen a comparable drop, it was during the 2008 financial crisis. Meanwhile, European bank stocks have fallen by nearly 20%. Amancio Ortega, the richest man in Europe and the world's richest retailer saw his fortune fall by an incredible $6 billion.

Britain is, unsurprisingly, bearing the brunt of the economic backlash. The British pound is down by an astounding 11% – the lowest its been since 1985. Gerald Grovesnor, the richest person in Britain, lost the U.S. equivalent of $985.21 million.

Meanwhile, American billionaires also saw incredible losses on Friday. Mark Zuckerberg lost $1 billion, Bill Gates lost $2.4 billion, and Warren Buffet lost $2.3 billion, within the span of one business day.

These massive losses are just the first pangs of Brexit. The markets could turn around, but in all likelihood, the world's richest, and the rest of us, are in for a difficult few months.

Articles Written by Mia Bencivenga
Mia Bencivenga is a writer, editor, project-manager, and overall word enthusiast. Prior to her adventures in the literary world, she received her bachelor's degree in Linguistics and a certificate in the Arabic Language and Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. On most days you can find her dutifully writing and sipping in a number of Pittsburgh's tea houses. Follow her on Twitter @MiasMiniRants
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