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Forbes World’s Richest – Arnault’s Wealth Plunges by $3.2B in 24hrs, Elon Musk Reclaims Top Spot

Bernard Arnault, the CEO of luxury conglomerate LVMH, experienced a dramatic loss of $3.2 billion within a mere 24-hour span, causing him to relinquish his position as the world’s richest individual.

This sudden plunge in his net worth propelled tech mogul Elon Musk back into the top spot, reclaiming the coveted title of the wealthiest person on the planet.

Forbes estimates have unveiled a significant blow to the net worth of 74-year-old business tycoon, Bernard Arnault, as his wealth plummeted by $3.2 billion within a mere 24 hours. The sharp decline in value can be attributed to a substantial fall in LVMH’s share price, with the company’s shares now standing at 853.80 EUR, marking a 1.74% decrease from their initial value of 861 EUR.

Arnault, who oversees the sprawling empire of LVMH encompassing 75 esteemed fashion and cosmetics brands, including iconic names like Louis Vuitton and Sephora, had witnessed a soaring wealth throughout most of 2023 due to surging share prices of European luxury companies. However, the recent hesitation in demand for luxury items, particularly in the American market, and economic turbulence in China have contributed to his fluctuating net worth.

Arnault and Elon Musk have long been rivals, competing for the top spot on the Forbes ranking, with Musk reclaiming the title of the world’s richest person following this latest turn of events. Despite the setback, Arnault’s leadership continues to uphold LVMH’s dominance in the high-end fashion and beauty realm, further solidified by strategic moves, such as appointing his daughter, Delphine, to lead Christian Dior within the company.

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