Nerio Alessandri, the founder and CEO of Technogym, has entered for the first time Forbes’ World’s Billionaires List with an estimated real net worth of $1.3 billion as of April 12, 2021. Forbes’ annual World’s Billionaires List has reached its 35th edition this year. At the national level, Alessandri is rated as the 40th richest Italian, on a par with Antonio Percassi, president of the Atalanta football club and a retail magnate whose assets include a network of franchised Nike stores. Alessandri, 60, founded one of the world’s largest fitness equipment manufacturers in Cesena, Italy in 1983 at the age of 22. He took the company public in 2016. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the list of the wealthiest people in the world has recorded 493 newcomers, an unprecedented number of new billionaires in the ranking’s history, including 210 from China and Hong Kong and 98 from the U.S. For the fourth consecutive year, Jeff Bezos has emerged as the world’s richest person, worth $177 billion.