The world’s richest man, Bill Gates, and founder of social networking site, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, have collectively lost $3.4 billion to the decision of Britons to leave the European Union (EU).
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In the fallout of the Brexit vote on global economy, both men were the worst hit billionaires in the United States, losing $1.8 billion and $1.6 billion respectively.
The amount lost by Gates alone is more than the entire wealth of Nigeria’s richest woman, Folorunsho Alakija. According to Forbes, Alakija is worth $1.73 billion.
According to Bloomberg Billionaires ranking, global markets erased another $69.2 billion from the combined net worth of the world’s 400 richest people on the first trading day of the week after the Brexit vote, bringing total loss to $196.2 billion in 48 hours.
Monday’s loss was felt most by Europe’s wealthiest, as collectively, 92 billionaires lost $29.4 billion, bringing their two-day decline to $81.7 billion.