Louis Vuitton CEO Bernard Arnault topples Bill Gates as world’s second richest person

WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Published: Jul 18, 2019, 11:43 AM(IST)

File photo of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Photograph:( AFP )

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This is for the first time in a seven-year run that Bill Gates’s number 2 position has gone on to someone else.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is no longer the world's second-richest person. 

French billionaire Bernard Arnault, the CEO of luxury goods maker LVMH (LVMHF), overtook Gates on Tuesday on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. 

This is for the first time in a seven-year run that Bill Gates’s number 2 position has gone on to someone else.

Meanwhile, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos retained the top spot on the list.

Bernard Arnault now has a wealth of $107.6 billion, which is about $200 million more than Bill Gates. The business conglomerate Bernard Arnault had added $39 billion to his riches in 2019 alone, the biggest wealth gain in that duration among 500 billionaires.

Philanthropy costs Bill Gates second spot

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had donated more than $35 billion to his organisation. According to Bloomberg reports, “were it not for Gates’ philanthropic giving, he’d still be the world’s richest person.”

(With inputs from agencies)

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