It was a familiar story that played out in the world this year. The rich got richer.

By how much more, you ask?

$237 billion in precise figures.

A Bloomberg report this morning lists the net gains and losses in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a listing of the world’s 400 richest individuals.  

The year’s political and economic turmoil, which ranged from Brexit to a slowdown in China to President-elect Donald Trump’s shock election victory, resulted in $4.8 trillion worth of daily net worth gains and losses, according to the report. At the close of trading yesterday, that figure was $4.4 trillion, a 5.7 percent gain from the start of this year. (See also: Who's The Richest Person In 4 U.S. States?)

The biggest winner this year was Warren Buffett. The Oracle of Omaha was not prescient about the U.S. Presidential election results (He supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton). 

But his market instinct was spot on. 

A bump in airline and banking stocks post-election added $11.8 billion to Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s (BRK.A) holdings and his personal wealth rose to $74.1 billion, an increase of 19% from the year’s beginnings. This helped him reclaim the title of the world’s second-richest person in the Index. His gains outranked those of second-ranked Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates, who added $9.8 billion to his fortune this year and energy company Continental Resources. Inc. (CLR) founder Harold Hamm, who added $8.4 billion and was ranked third. The increase in energy prices also made Hamm the biggest gainer in terms of percentage increases, with a 121.5% surge in his fortunes, as compared to last year. (See also: The Greatest Investors: Warren Buffett). 

The rising tides of stock markets and commodity prices benefited the billionaire class, as a whole. According to Bloomberg, U.S. billionaires, who took four of the top five positions in the Index, pocketed a cool $77 billion from the stock market’s rally after the election. 49 Billionaires from the commodity industry benefited the most and added $80 billion to their net worth. 

The tech industry also benefited handsomely from Trump’s election with its 55 billionaires adding $50 billion to their fortunes. Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos, who has had run-ins with the President-elect on Twitter, led the charge by adding $7.5 billion to his net worth. Facebook Inc. (FB) co-founder Mark Zuckerberg was next with $5.4 billion added to his fortune.   

Last year, the same 400 billionaires lost $19 billion combined. Warren Buffett lost $11.3 billion while Bill Gates subtracted $3 billion from his net worth in 2015. Bezos proved to be an exception because he added $31 billion to his net worth in 2015. 

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