Home Weekly News Quiz Intense Weekend Quiz: Billionaires, Capitol 2021, Change Intense Weekend Quiz: Billionaires, Capitol 2021, Change January 8, 2021 Weekly News Quiz Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate HowSmart.net earns from qualifying purchases. Weekend quiz for Jan. 8, 2021 Weekend Quiz: 11 General knowledge questions from the past week. No time-limit. How smart are you today? 1 / 11 Who is the world’s richest person in 2021? Pictures: White House Elon Musk Jeff Bezos Bill Gates Mark Zuckerberg Since January 2021, Elon Musk, Bernard Arnaul, and Jeff Bezos have been switching places at the lead on Forbes’ real-time tracker of the world’s wealthiest people. In January 2021, Bloomberg reported Elon Musk edged past Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to grab the world’s richest person. After briefly dropping to No. 2, Bezos regained the No.1 spot for about four months, from mid-January until May. Musk, meanwhile, was overtaken by Arnault and dropped down to third place for months beginning in April. In May, Louis Vitton owner Arnault first became the world’s richest person after acquiring jeweler Tiffany & Co. By October, Musk returned to lead the table with an estimated $199.8 billion net worth. As of June 2022, Musk’s net worth is valued at $224 billion. 2 / 11 Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has not been seen publicly since October 2020 and is reportedly laying low. Why? Photo: World Trade Organization from Switzerland, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons He’s isolating because of Covid-19 fears. He’s escaping the US authorities. Because of Chinese authorities cracking down on his businesses. He’s preparing to become an astronaut. In October 2020, billionaire Jack Ma criticized China’s banking rules. Chinese regulators recently began cracking down on Ma’s business empire. Ma has not been seen publicly since then. Ma may be in Hangzhou, where Alibaba’s headquarters are. Listen and read Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark in Audible, Kindle, or print. 3 / 11 What’s the original meaning of the word ‘Capitol’? Photo: Tyler Merbler, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons One of the seven hills of Rome. The Hellenic Parliament. The most important city or town of a country or region. Big. The word ‘Capitol’ originates in Latin and refers to Jupiter Optimus Maximus’s Temple on Capitoline Hill, Rome‘s seven hills. Thomas Jefferson insisted on naming the American legislative building ‘Capitol’ rather than ‘Congress House.’ The 2021 Capitol Riots Rioters supporting former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, occupying parts of the building for several hours. The riots, incited by Trump, disrupted a joint session of Congress to certify Joe Biden’s 2020 election win. 4 / 11 What’s historic about Georgia’s Jan. 6, 2021 vote? It’s the first time Georgia is represented by a Black senator. It’s the first time an African-American Democrat from a Southern state is elected to the Senate. It’s the first time a Millennial senator is elected. It’s all of the above. The Capitol riots of Jan. 6, 2021, overshadowed Georgia’s election of the same day. Nonetheless, it saw historical results. Raphael Warnock became the first African-American to represent Georgia in the United States Senate. He’s also the first Black Democrat to be elected to the Senate from a Southern state. Jon Ossoff became the first Millennial senator of the US. 5 / 11 Which singing sensation owns this face? Future The Weekend Drake Travis Scott Canadian singer The Weeknd sports some disturbing alterations to his face — seemingly, extreme plastic surgery — in the video for his new song, “Save Your Tears,” that premiered Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Prosthetic Renaissance, a makeup effects studio, took credit for the transformation on social media, where The Weekend’s video naturally spurred some emotional discussions. 6 / 11 How is The Next Batman different from the previous ones? Image: DC Comics It’s a robot. It’s a woman. They’re of non-binary gender. He’s Black. January 2021’s Future State: The Next Batman miniseries, penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), introduces Tim Fox as the first Black character to wear the Batsuit. 7 / 11 Where was WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, born? Photo: David G Silvers., CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons Australia. Denmark. United States. United Kingdom. Julian Assange is the Australian founder of WikiLeaks. A British judge blocked Assange’s extradition to the United States, where he was to face criminal charges, including breaking a spying law, on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Assange is ‘free to return home’ to Australia. Mexico offered Assange political asylum. 8 / 11 Where was environmental activist Greta Thunberg born? Photo: Lëa-Kim Châteauneuf, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Copenhagen, Denmark Oslo, Norway Stockholm, Sweden Helsinki, Finland Greta Thunberg was born in Sweden. News Fact The Swedish-born environmental activist celebrated her 18th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. In an interview for the Sunday Times magazine, she said her ideal birthday present would be replacement headlights for her bike, explaining: “In Sweden, it gets very dark in the winter.” 9 / 11 Who is this secretive woman? Photo: Public domain Former White House Deputy National Security Advisor. Former Head of the CIA. Former Head of the FBI. Former Head of the NSA. Gina Haspel is the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) between 2018 and 2021. She is the first woman to hold the post permanently. The CIA launched a new website Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, to find candidates who will ensure the US premier intelligence agency workforce reflects its national demographics. Listen and read The Spymasters: How the CIA’s Directors Shape History and Guard the Future by New York Times best-selling author Chris Whipple on Audible, Kindle, or print. Audible Plus: Listen to thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts. Start your free trial now. 10 / 11 The United States House of Representatives re-elected Nancy Pelosi as Speaker in January 2021. How many women served at the position before her? Nancy Pelosi, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons None. 1. 2. 3. Nancy Pelosi is the only woman in U.S. history to serve as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Pelosi was narrowly re-elected speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. As House speaker, Pelosi, 80, is second in the presidential line of succession, after the vice president. Listen and Read Pelosi, an intimate perspective on the most powerful woman in American political history, by award-winning political journalist Molly Ball, in Audible, Kindle, print. Audible Plus: Listen to thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts. Start your free trial now. 11 / 11 Chuck Schumer makes history in 2021 as what? Photo: Senate Democrats, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons The first Jewish Senate majority leader and the first from New York. The youngest Senate majority leader and the first from New Jersey. The oldest Senate majority leader and the first from Georgia. The first openly gay Senate majority leader and the first from California. As Chuck Schumer, 70, becomes Senate majority leader, the Brooklyn native who started his political career at age 23, becomes the first Jewish Senate majority leader and the first from New York. LinkedIn Facebook Twitter VKontakte Retake quiz Found a mistake? Tell us! Be sure to come back tomorrow for another quiz. 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