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Elon Musk loses the title of richest man to Bernard Arnault

Updated: Apr 15, 2023

Elon Musk Loses World's Richest Person Title: What Happened to His Fortune? Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has been a constant fixture in the news for his rapid ascent up the ranks of the world's wealthiest individuals. However, recent reports have shown that his fortune has decreased by half from its height of $340 billion, causing him to lose his title as the world's richest person.

What happened to Elon Musk's fortune?

Musk's acquisition of Twitter played a significant role in his fortune's decline. According to Forbes and Bloomberg, Musk has lost the top rank to France's Bernard Arnault, CEO of the luxury conglomerate LVMH.

Since Musk's initial offer for Twitter in April, the electric vehicle firm has lost more than half of its market value. Tesla's stock price was trading at $340.79 (£275.27) on April 13, the day before Twitter reported in a regulatory filing that the billionaire had launched a $43.4 billion hostile proposal. Tesla's stock price has since dropped by more than 50%, and it is now trading at around $160.

According to Forbes, further drops in the auto company's share price at the start of the week knocked off approximately $7 billion from Musk's fortune. It calculates that he is now worth approximately $177 billion, compared to Arnault's net worth of $188 billion.

Musk's decision to sell approximately $20 billion in Tesla stock since April to fund his acquisition of Twitter also played a significant role in his fortune's decline.

Why is the Tesla stock declining?

There are several factors contributing to the decline of Tesla's stock. The company's dismal quarterly results and concerns about a disruption at one of its Shanghai operations have impacted its stock price. In addition, investors are worried that Musk would be distracted by his other companies, including SpaceX and operating Twitter. Furthermore, Musk is frequently chastised for some of the inflammatory tweets he delivers to his 121 million followers.

What does the future hold for Elon Musk and Tesla?

Despite the decline in Tesla's stock, the company is still a significant player in the electric vehicle market, and Musk is still one of the wealthiest individuals globally. The future of Tesla looks promising, with the company announcing new models and expanding its operations globally. Musk's other company, SpaceX, also continues to make significant strides in the space industry, with its recent mission to the International Space Station. Elon Musk's loss of the world's richest person title may be a temporary setback, but it highlights the importance of diversification and risk management in maintaining one's fortune. While Tesla's stock may have declined, the company's long-term outlook remains positive, and Musk's other ventures continue to innovate and disrupt their respective industries. It will be interesting to see how the future unfolds for Elon Musk and his various companies.


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