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Worth of Forbes’ billionaires list grows by $5T during pandemic

Worth of Forbes’ billionaires list grows by $5T during pandemic

World
April 6 (UPI) -- Forbes' annual World's Billionaires List grew to a record 2,755 people in 2021, adding $ 5 trillion in worth despite the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The business magazine released its 35th annual list Tuesday, which saw an increase of 660 of people, including 493 newcomers. Collectively, the 2,755 people on the list represent $ 13.1 trillion in wealth, up from $ 8 trillion in 2020. Advertisement Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos maintained his hold at the top of the list for the fourth year in a row. He's worth $ 177 billion, up from $ 113 billion in 2020. Tesla and SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk shot to the No. 2 spot in 2021, up from No. 31 in 2020, increasing his net worth more than six-fold to $ 151 billion. He briefly held the position as world's richest...

Israeli miniser says has list of Iran-backed targets

World
Israel's defense minister says his country has a bluprint for strikes against Iranian targets if the country shows signs of nuclear escalationByThe Associated PressMarch 5, 2021, 9:59 AM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTEL AVIV, Israel -- Israel’s defense minister says his country has drawn up plans to strike Iranian targets if Tehran shows signs of nuclear escalation.Benny Gantz told Fox News that Israel is still working on its plans, but “we have them in our hands of course.”He showed a map of Lebanon that he said includes ground forces, missiles and launching sites set up by Iranian proxy forces along the border.“This is a target map. Each one of them has been checked legally, operationally, intelligence-wise and we are ready to fight,” Gantz said.The remar
Covid: Extra 1.7m vulnerable added to shielding list

Covid: Extra 1.7m vulnerable added to shielding list

Health
Getty ImagesThere is to be a large expansion of the number of people being asked to shield in England.An extra 1.7 million people are expected to be added to the 2.3 million already on the list.Half of the group have not yet been vaccinated so will now be prioritised urgently by their local GPs.It comes after a new model was developed that takes into account extra factors rather than just health.This calculation includes things such as ethnicity, deprivation (by postcode) and weight to work out a person's risk of becoming seriously ill if they were to catch Covid.It also looks at age, underlying health issues and prescribed medications.Prof Andrew Hayward, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), which has been involved in the modelling, said it ...
HSBC to shut 82 bank branches – here’s the full list

HSBC to shut 82 bank branches – here’s the full list

Business
HSBC has announced plans to shut 82 UK branches this year after a shift towards telephone and internet banking.The bank said it would "aim to redeploy all customer service colleagues who are impacted... into suitable nearby locations" but did not immediately say how many jobs were affected. HSBC said the decision reflected "local market trends, customer behaviour and branch usage" and would see the total number of branches reduced to 511. It said the closures are part of plans to become a market-leading digital bank and an overhaul of how remaining branches will operate.Of the 82 sites closing, 81 are within a mile of a Post Office, two-thirds are within five miles of another HSBC branch and nine in 10 are within 10 miles, HSBC added. ...
‘World’s ugliest orchid’ tops list of new discoveries

‘World’s ugliest orchid’ tops list of new discoveries

Science
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