Nine New Self-Made Billionaires Built Fortunes In Everything From White Claw To Online Tutoring, To Sneakers

By on September 14, 2020 in ArticlesBillionaire News

Every year it's fun to look at who is new on the list of billionaires. Equally interesting is the way in which the new billionaires earned their money. There's always the tech startup and finance billionaires, but this year, we've got a number of new entrants from other industries. China leads the way in the creation of new billionaires in 2020, with 80. The U.S. is in second, with 44 new billionaires while India has 12, Germany has nine, and Russia has five new billionaires. Nineteen of the 178 new billionaires are women including Qian Ying of Muyan Foods, a pork producer with a $1.4 billion net worth, and Radha Vembu, who co-owns the software company Zoho with her brother and has a $1.2 billion net worth. A full 81% of this year's newcomers to the billionaire's list are self-made.

China's Larry Xiangdong Chen saw a surge in shares of his online tutoring company GSX Techedu after the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, boosting his net worth to $4.5 billion. India's Byju Raveendran's online education program Byju's also catapulted him into the billionaire's club when millions of students around the world started being homeschooled due to the pandemic. Raveendran is worth $1.8 billion while his company is valued at $8 billion.

Dmitry and Igor Bukham, brothers from Russia who founded Playrix, the online gaming company behind Homescapes and Fishdom also joined the ranks of the billionaire class this year. They have a net worth of $3.1 billion. Jitse Groen from the Netherlands is the founder of food delivery service, which delivers in 10 European cities and Israel. He founded the company in 2000, took it public in 2016, and has a $1.7 billion net worth today thanks to a contactless delivery method he put in place when the coronavirus pandemic broke out.

South Korea's Kim Jung-woong has landed on the billionaire's list with a net worth of $1.1 billion thanks to those enormously popular facial sheet masks everyone can't get enough of. Canada's Anthony von Mandl is the man behind White Claw and has a $3.5 billion fortune to show for it. And finally, rapper Kanye West officially became a billionaire thanks to his Yeezy deal with Adidas and the immense popularity of his sneakers.

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Qian Ying

Net Worth: $1.4 billion

Source: Muyan Foods pork producer

Country: China

Radha Vembu

Net Worth: $1.2 billion

Source: Zoho software

Country:  India

Larry Xiangdong Chen

Net Worth: $4.5 billion

Source: GSX Teched online tutoring

Country: China

Byju Raveendran

Net Worth: $1.8 billion

Source: Byju online education app

Country: India

Dmitry and Igor Bukham

Net Worth: $3.1 billion

Source: Playrix

Country: Russia

Jitse Groen

Net Worth: $1.7 billion


Country:  Netherlands

Kim Jung-woong

Net Worth: $1.1 billion

Source: JM Solutions

Country: South Korea

Anthony von Mandl

Net worth: $3.5 billion

Source: Alcohol

Country: Canada

Kanye West

Net Worth: $3.2 billion

Source: Yeezy

Country: United States

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