Louis Vuitton owner Bernard Arnault surpasses Jeff Bezos to be the world’s richest person

WION Web Team
NEW DELHIUpdated: Aug 04, 2021, 07:25 PM IST

Bernard Arnault Photograph:(AFP)

Story highlights

The drop in Bezos’ net worth allowed for French tycoon Bernard Arnault to claim the No 1 spot of the ultra-wealthy. Arnault heads the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, whose subsidiaries include Louis Vuitton, Sephora, Moët & Chandon and Tiffany & Co.

After Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' net worth dropped $13.9 billion in a day, Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of the French luxury company LVMH Mot Hennessy - Louis Vuitton, became the world's richest person. 

This isn't the first time Arnault has led the list of the world's wealthiest people.

In December 2019, January 2020, May 2021, and July 2021, he reached number one. 

Givenchy, Guerlain, Marc Jacobs, Sephora, Tiffany & Co., Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Loro Piana, Nicholas Kirkwood, Thomas Pink, R.M Williams, EDUN, Moynat, and Donna Karen are all part of Bernard Arnault's LVMH empire, which also includes TAG Heuer, De Beers, and Bulgari. 

Arnault owns a 96.5 per cent stake in Christian Dior, which controls 41 per cent of LVMH. 

According to the Bloomberg, he had spent $538 million buying shares of the world's largest luxury goods company in recent months.

The stock was purchased by the CEO through firms that he and his family own. 

In Asia and the United States, the premium brand has been posting pre-pandemic sales figures.

Tourists flock to LVMH's home market in Europe for its prized handbags and booze.

Furthermore, as China's economy recovers from the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic, LVMH's sales are surging.

On the other hand, when Amazon's stock price plunged 7% last week after the firm reported second-quarter growth that fell short of expectations, Jeff Bezos' net worth plummeted $13.9 billion in a single day. 

The Forbes Real-Time Billionaires list of the world's wealthiest people is as follows: 

Bernard Arnault: $195.4 billion

Jeff Bezos: $192.4 billion

Elon Musk: $179.4 billion

Bill Gates: $131.6 billion

Mark Zuckerberg: $128.2 billion

Larry Page: $115.2 billion

Larry Ellison: $112.6 billion

Sergey Brin: $111.5 billion

Warren Buffett: $101.0 billion

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers: $92.0 billion

(With inputs from agencies)