Eight of the world’s wealthiest people attended President Trump’s first state dinner along with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.
Five of them -- LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Blackstone Chief Executive Officer Steve Schwarzman, leveraged-buyout tycoon Henry Kravis and FedExfounder Fred Smith -- have a combined net worth exceeding $114 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Other billionaires present were Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein, cosmetics heir Ron Lauder and Trump himself, all with fortunes below the $4 billion cutoff for the ranking of the world’s 500 richest people.
The Trump administration has been good to his guests.
Since his election in November 2016, the fortunes of the five wealthiest have surged almost 70%, more than triple the gains of the S&P 500 Index.