Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of LVMH, the world’s leading luxury products group, became the wealthiest person in the world on Monday. According to Forbes, his net worth reached $186.3 billion, $300 million above Jeff Bezos. Arnault’s fortune jumped significantly in the past 14 months, from $76 billion in March 2020 to the current figures.
LVMH, the luxury group owning brands like Fendi, Givenchy, and Christian Dior, reached a market cap of $320 billion, boosting Arnault’s stake up by more than $600 million. Compared to the same period last year, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy group recorded $17 billion, marking a 32% increase. The surge was caused by the “momentum” of shoppers in China.
According to Bloomberg, Bernard Arnault has spent roughly $538 million in recent months to purchase shares of the world’s largest luxury goods maker.
Since the beginning of the year, LVMH stock price went up more than 20%.
Sources: Bloomberg.com, forbes.com