CLEVELAND — Editor's Note: The above video aired on February 21, 2020
On Tuesday, Forbes released its annual list of the top billionaires in the world. And while its no surprise that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is at number one for the fourth year in a row, one of the highest movers on the list is the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
According to the list, Dan Gilbert, who also is the founder of Rocket Companies, has surged up to No. 23 on the list of the richest people in the world. Gilbert's net worth increased from from $6.5 billion in 2020 to $51.9 billion in 2021. He is the second-richest team owner in professional sports, trailing only Los Angeles Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer ($68.7 billion)
Last year, Gilbert took Rocket Companies public on the New York Stock Exchange. It was a move that paid immediate dividends, as his net worth increased at the time by a whopping $34 billion, according to Forbes.
Gilbert is continuing to recover from a 2019 stroke. During a recent interview with CBS' Dana Jacobson, the Cavaliers owner called his experience "very scary."
"You start to appreciate everything and everybody much more than you ever did," Gilbert said. "It's definitely humbling."
According to Jacobson, Gilbert is going into work twice a week, while still using a wheelchair. He is doing physical therapy for three to four hours almost every day.
"America loves a comeback story," Gilbert added.
In addition to Gilbert, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is also on the list of the top billionaires in the world. The Chairman of Pilot Flying J has a net worth of $3 billion dollars, up from $2.7 billion a year ago.
You can watch Dan Gilbert's interview on CBS This Morning from March 25, 2021 in the player below: