These billionaires are worth more than the US Treasury has in cash, report says

Bernard Arnault, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos are pictured in file images. (Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP, Taylor Hill, Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty Images)

As U.S. lawmakers work to pass the debt ceiling and budget deal negotiated in recent weeks to lift the nation’s borrowing limit and prevent a default, cash levels in the U.S. Treasury continue to drop.

Data posted on the department’s website shows that its cash balance fell to $38.8 billion at the close of business on May 25, which is down from the $316 billion in operating cash that the department had at the start of the month. The U.S. Treasury maintains its cash in an account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

As it stands, a number of individuals throughout the world are worth more than the U.S. cash reserves, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index – a daily ranking of the world’s wealthiest people based on net worth. 

The New York Times noted how the outlet’s founder, Michael Bloomberg, is left off the list under its editorial policy, but Forbes estimates his net worth as about $94.5 billion

Here are the billionaires with higher net worths than the U.S. cash reserves, according to Tuesday's ranking: 

  • Bernard Arnault, CEO of luxury group LVMH: $193 billion
  • Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, Tesla and Twitter: $185 billion
  • Jeff Bezos, founder and chief chairman of Amazon: $144 billion
  • Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft: $126 billion
  • Larry Ellison, co-founder and executive chairman of Oracle: $116 billion
  • Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft and investor: $115 billion
  • Larry Page, co-founder of Google: $112 billion
  • Warren Buffett, investor and chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway: $111 billion
  • Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google: $107 billion
  • Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook and CEO of parent company Meta: $95.5 billion
  • Carlos Slim, investor: $92.2 billion
  • Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, granddaughter of the founder of L'Oreal: $88.1 billion
  • Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of the conglomerate Reliance Industries: $86.1 billion
  • Amancio Ortega, founder of Inditex fashion group: $67.8 billion
  • Jim Walton, heir to the Walmart fortune: $66.8 billion
  • Rob Walton, heir to the Walmart fortune: $65 billion
  • Alice Walton, heiress to the Walmart fortune: $64 billion
  • Gautam Adani, founder and chairman of Adani Group: $62.9 billion
  • Zhong Shanshan, founder and chairman of the beverage company Nongfu Spring: $61.5 billion
  • Jacqueline Badger Mars, heiress and co-owner of Mars, world's largest candy maker: $61.4 billion
  • John Mars, heir and chairman of Mars, world's largest candy maker: $61.4 billion
  • Julia Flesher Koch & family, heirs of the businessman David Koch: $60.7 billion
  • Charles Koch, chairman and CEO of conglomerate Koch Industries: $60.5 billion
  • Michael Dell, founder, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies: $54.5 billion
  • Alain Wertheimer, co-owner and chairman of Chanel: $46.4 billion
  • Gerard Wertheimer, co-owner of Chanel and head of company's watch division: $46.4 billion
  • Giovanni Ferrero, executive chairman of confectionery company Ferrero Group, & family: $43.5 billion
  • Zhang Yiming, founder and chairman of technology company ByteDance, parent company of TikTok: $42.3 billion
  • Klaus-Michael Kuhne, honorary chairman and majority owner of Kuehne + Nagel, world's largest sea-freight forwarder: $41.6 billion
  • Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike, and family: $41.5 billion
  • Francois Pinault, founder of the luxury group Kering: $40.1 billion

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This story was reported from Cincinnati.