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Elon Musk Reclaims Title as World's Richest Person, Surpassing Bernard Arnault

LVMH Shares Tumble, Arnault Slips in Wealth Rankings as Musk Takes the Lead

1 June 2023

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Kunal Tyagi

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  • Elon Musk surpasses Bernard Arnault to become the world's richest person again.

  • Musk's resurgence is attributed to a significant rally in Tesla's stock, resulting in gains exceeding $55.3 billion this year alone.

  • Bernard Arnault faces challenges in the luxury sector, with LVMH shares tumbling approximately 10% since April, reflecting concerns about slowing economic growth, particularly in China.

In a captivating twist of fortunes, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has once again emerged as the world's richest person, surpassing luxury tycoon Bernard Arnault. This shift in rankings comes as shares of Arnault's LVMH experienced a decline, leading to a dip in his net worth. The Bloomberg Billionaires Index has closely monitored the competition between Musk and Arnault throughout the year, highlighting their neck-and-neck battle for the top spot. This article delves into the factors that contributed to Musk's resurgence and the challenges faced by Arnault in the luxury sector.


After experiencing a drop in value that caused his net worth to dip below $200 billion, Musk made an impressive comeback in 2023. Tesla's stock rallied by 66% year-to-date, resulting in a significant surge in Musk's fortune. Bloomberg reports that Musk's gains exceeded $55.3 billion this year alone, with his current net worth estimated at approximately $192.3 billion. It is worth noting that Musk's multiple ventures, including Tesla, SpaceX, and Neuralink, have played a pivotal role in his financial success.


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Bernard Arnault, the 74-year-old French business magnate, initially surpassed Musk in December 2022 during a period of struggle for the tech industry. The luxury sector, however, showed resilience in the face of inflation, providing a boost to Arnault's net worth. Arnault, who founded LVMH and owns prestigious brands such as Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Hennessy, witnessed a decline in his wealth as LVMH shares tumbled approximately 10% since April. In a single day, $11 billion was wiped off Arnault's net worth, signaling a fading faith in the luxury sector's buoyancy, especially in China, a critical market for LVMH.


The mounting signs of slowing economic growth, particularly in China, have cast a shadow over the luxury sector's resilience. LVMH's recent struggles reflect this reality, as investors grow concerned about the sector's future prospects. The decline in LVMH's market value serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by luxury brands amid changing global economic dynamics.

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