These are the world’s biggest billionaire winners and losers of the year

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Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, left, was 2018's biggest gainer for the second year running, while Mark Zuckerberg, right, saw the sharpest drop in 2018 as Facebook veered from crisis to crisis./Bloomberg

The markets may be tanking, but that hasn’t stopped plenty of mega-fortunes from being unearthed in 2018.

The popularity of Fortnite, the phenomenon that forced some into video-game rehab, gave gamemaker Tim Sweeney a US$7.2 billion fortune this year. Autry Stephens has US$11.4 billion after his closely held Endeavour Energy Resources LP attracted bids that valued the oil company at as much as US$15 billion.

“It was a good year for wealth creation,” said Michael Zeuner, managing partner of WE Family Offices. “It was a tough year in financial markets, but for people who are creating wealth through companies, the economy itself is very strong.”

Autry Stephens has US$11.4 billion after his closely held Endeavour Energy Resources LP attracted bids that valued the oil company at as much as US$15 billion.

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Sweeney and Stephens were just two of the 31 individuals who vaulted onto the Bloomberg Billionaires Index in 2018, even as increasing global trade tensions and a downdraft in the markets saw half a trillion dollars of wealth on the ranking wiped out.

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