Frenchman Bernard Arnault briefly tops the Forbes list of the world’s richest

Bernard Arnault, CEO of the luxury group LVMH, and his family briefly took the lead in the Forbes ranking on Wednesday richest in the world with 185 billion dollarswho for a time deposed the American Elon Musk, head of Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter.

The 73-year-old French businessman and his family were for a period at the top of this ranking produced in real time and available online due to the erosion of Elon Musk’s fortune, especially due to a sharp drop in Tesla shares on New York Stock Exchange Wednesday.

But around 17.30 GMT, Elon Musk (with a fortune of 184.9 billion dollars) passed Bernard Arnault (184.7 billion). Indian businessman Gautam Adani (134.8 billion), at the head of a conglomerate, appeared in 3rd place, while Jeff Bezos (111.3 billion), founder of Amazon, was in 4th place.

Bernard Arnault had already held the first place in this ranking for a few hours in May 2021. The French billionaire’s fortune has recently benefited from the jump in the results of LVMH, the world’s number one in luxury, whose net profit had reached 12 billion euros in 2021. Elon Musk, whose fortune depends on the development of Tesla’s action, has recently been at the center of several controversies since he bought the social network Twitter.

The other benchmark ranking, the financial agency Bloomberg, places Elon Musk in the lead. According to this daily ranking, which stopped on Tuesday, at the close of Wall Street, the fortune of the American businessman reached 178.9 billion dollars, ahead of Bernard Arnault’s (165.1 billion).

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