Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter CEO Elon Musk has lost his spot at the top of Forbes’ annual “World’s Billionaires List.” Musk’s net worth, estimated to be $180 billion today, saw a $39 billion decline last year.
Replacing Elon Musk at the top of the annual Forbes World’s Billionaires List was Bernard Arnault, the chairman of French luxury goods giant LVMH. While Musk lost a notable chunk of his net worth, Arnault saw his net worth rise by over $50 billion in the past year to $211 billion.
Musk and Arnault are typically head-to-head on billionaire tracker lists, such as the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The same trend was observed in Forbes’ “Real-Time Billionaires” list, which is updated daily. However, if one were to look at Musk and Arnault’s wealth annually, the LVMH chairman would come out on top.
As noted by Forbes, Elon Musk’s wealth decline could be attributed in no small part to his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, which was financed by Tesla shares. Musk’s selloff of TSLA shares for Twitter pressured the EV maker’s stock. Although Tesla has since recovered some of those losses, its stock remains lower than it was before Musk’s Twitter acquisition.
Musk’s focus on multiple endeavors helped his annual net worth last year. SpaceX is actually a pretty bright spot for the billionaire, with its valuation rising from $13 billion to $140 billion over the past year.
Bernard Arnault, on the other hand, had a “banner year” in 2022, according to Forbes. LVMH, which includes Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, and Tiffany & Co., achieved record-high profits. LVMH shares have also increased by 25% over the past year, and Arnault has recently announced succession plans for his children.
The total number of billionaires on this year’s Forbes list dropped to 2,640 from 2,668, marking the second consecutive year of decline.
Overall, Forbes stated that the world now has fewer billionaires today. The total number of billionaires in the publication’s annual list fell from 2,668 to 2,640. Chase Peterson-Withorn, Forbes senior editor of wealth, noted in a release that a significant number of the world’s billionaires are less wealthy today than last year.
“It’s been another rare down year for the planet’s richest people. Nearly half the list is poorer than they were 12 months ago, but a lucky few are billions — or even tens of billions — of dollars richer,” Peterson-Withorn said.
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