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Bernard Arnault became the richest man in the world … for a few hours

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Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH. – Thibault Camus / AP / Sipa

The CEO of the world number one in luxury LVMH (Louis Vuitton, Dior…), Frenchman Bernard Arnault, briefly took the lead of the Forbes ranking of the world’s largest fortunes on Monday. He then passed behind American Jeff Bezos when the New York Stock Exchange opened.

For a few hours, between the opening of the meeting in Paris at 7:30 GMT and that of New York at 13:30 GMT, Bernard Arnault dethroned the founder of Amazon by rising to the first place in this ranking. The latter is updated in real time based on stock market prices.

40 French in the Forbes ranking

Around 2:15 p.m. GMT, Bernard Arnault’s fortune was valued at $ 186.5 billion, behind that of Jeff Bezos (187.7 billion) but ahead of that of Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla and SpaceX (147.6 billion ) and Bill Gates ($ 125.9 billion), the founder of Microsoft. Bloomberg’s real-time ranking, which uses a different methodology, showed the same order on Monday between the four men.

France has 40 billionaires in the Forbes ranking, including Stéphane Bancel, the boss of the American company Moderna (manufacturer of the eponymous anti-Covid vaccine), which recently entered. “The crises make us stronger,” said Bernard Arnault at the end of April, commenting on the good financial results of the world number one in luxury, the largest market capitalization in Europe.



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