Elon Musk was briefly dethroned as the world’s richest man. Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, the parent company of the luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton, momentarily clinched the title on Wednesday, according to Forbes.
Arnault and his family took the top spot with a personal wealth of $185.4 billion. Musk had reigned as the world’s richest man since September 2021, with a net worth of $185.3 billion.
However, on the very same day that Arnault managed to claim he was the world’s richest man, Musk retook his position at the top spot, knocking Arnault back down to second place.
Elon Musk’s (brief) knock from the top spot
According to the report by Forbes, Elon Musk, who heads Tesla, Twitter, and SpaceX, was dethroned as the world’s wealthiest man at 10:50 AM EST on Wednesday morning. Musk had previously overtaken Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in September of last year.
However, this time, the competition for the world’s richest man was not between Musk and Bezos. Instead, it was the French business magnate Bernard Arnault, who contested the top spot.
However, Arnault’s reign did not last long. By 12:30 pm EST, Musk had regained his position. Now, Arnault is in second place, with Bezos behind in third place with an estimated net worth of $114.4 billion.
Is Tesla in trouble?
Arnault’s net worth increased by a few hundred million on Wednesday as the share prices for LVMH steadily increased. However, it has been a relatively lackluster year for the conglomerate’s stocks and shares.
Instead, Musk’s dip in fortunes was to a greater extent responsible for the switch at the top two places than any massive surge in wealth (by the standards of the ultra-rich) experienced by Arnault.
In November of this year, Tesla stock prices plummeted, causing Musk to lose approximately one hundred billion dollars of his net worth. So far this year, Tesla shares are down by nearly half. According to Forbes, Musk, who owns close to twenty-five percent of Tesla, is now worth forty-three percent less than he was at his peak in November 2021.
Musk had to sell some of his own Tesla shares in order to fund his acquisition of Twitter. He sold about nineteen billion dollars worth in shares so that he could afford to buy the social media company.
Musk and Twitter
According to a report in Bloomberg, some Tesla investors are concerned that Musk is too preoccupied with Twitter to pay adequate attention to the electric car company. Musk bought Twitter in a deal costing forty-four billion dollars in October 2022.
Since taking over Twitter, Musk has been instigating wide-sweeping changes. One of his first moves was to fire former Twitter CEO, Parag Agrawal. He also banned Twitter employees from working remotely and reinstated some banned Twitter accounts.
Last month, the Twitter offices were temporarily closed after hundreds of employees quit. Many of the employees were unhappy with Musk’s new vision for the company, which includes longer working hours at a higher intensity.