[ti:World’s Richest Lose $100 Billion in Week of Stock Drops] [by:www.51voa.com] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问51VOA.COM [00:00.00]U.S. stocks suffered their worst losses in years last week. [00:06.87]Among the biggest losers were the world's top billionaires. [00:13.60]Financial experts blamed the first major drop last Monday on investor fears [00:22.49]over possible rising inflation and higher interest rates. [00:28.31]The Dow regained some ground, but then suffered another drop on Thursday [00:35.29]after reports of an increasing U.S. government budget deficit. [00:41.63]The Dow Jones Industrial Average, also known as the Dow, [00:48.06]is a stock market index of 30 large companies based in the U.S. [00:55.95]The losses followed a long period of gains in U.S. stocks [01:02.58]when the Dow reached a historic high of 26,616 on January 26. [01:13.37]In repeated tweets and in his recent State of the Union address, [01:19.77]U.S. President Donald Trump praised the financial gains. [01:25.49]"The stock market has smashed one record after another, [01:31.08]gaining $8 trillion and more in value in just this short period of time," he said. [01:40.20]At first, Trump remained silent on last Monday's losses. [01:46.91]But he took to Twitter later on Wednesday to comment. [01:52.43]"In the ‘old days,' when good news was reported, [01:57.76]the Stock Market would go up," he wrote. [02:01.54]"Today, when good news is reported, the Stock Market goes down. [02:07.81]Big mistake, and we have so much good (great) news about the economy!" [02:15.65]Many financial experts have said the big stock drops [02:21.55]were not that unusual after the recent gains. [02:25.84]They have called the major drops a "correction" in the stock market. [02:32.29]A correction is defined as at least a 10 percent drop in stocks since the previous peak. [02:41.61]Analysts expected stocks in many other parts of the world [02:47.36]to also have their worst week in years, Reuters news agency reported. [02:54.47]Asian markets suffered big losses during the week, [02:59.59]including a four percent drop in Chinese stocks on Friday. [03:05.07]European stocks also fell, but not as much as markets across Asia. [03:13.09]Bloomberg reported that recent worldwide sell-offs had removed [03:19.49]at least $5 trillion from global stocks since January. [03:25.63]The losses affected the values of companies and the holdings of many American investors. [03:34.70]The world's billionaires lost a combined $114 billion on Monday alone, [03:44.36]according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. [03:48.49]A total of 18 billionaires in the rankings lost more than $1 billion on the day. [03:57.06]The biggest loser on Monday was businessman and investor Warren Buffett, [04:04.58]whose worth on paper dropped by $5.1 billion. [04:10.82]Bloomberg ranks Buffett as the third richest person in the world. [04:17.22]His current total net worth is listed at $82.6 billion. [04:24.77]Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg lost the next largest amount, $3.6 billion. [04:34.36]He is number four on the richest people list, with a current net worth of $70.8 billion. [04:43.63]Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos – listed as the richest person in the world – lost $3.2 billion. [04:55.26]But unlike the others, he is currently still way up for the year to date, [05:02.15]by at least $14.2 billion. His overall net worth is now estimated to be $113 billion. [05:13.62]Microsoft founder Bill Gates – who holds the number two position [05:18.85]on the wealthiest list behind Bezos – lost $2.2 billion. [05:25.69]And the top executives for Google's parent company Alphabet [05:32.01]– Larry Page and Sergey Brin – each lost $2.3 billion, Bloomberg reported. [05:41.57]I'm Bryan Lynn. 更多听力请访问51VOA.COM