June 24, 2021

After two weeks at no. 2, Jeff Bezos is once again the richest person in the world

After two weeks at no. 2, Jeff Bezos is once again the richest person in the world

Two weeks after losing the title of the richest person in the world to LVMH chief Bernard Arnault, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos reclaimed the No. 1 spot on Thursday.

Amazon shares closed more than 2% higher, boosting Bezos’ net worth by $3.5 billion, while shares in Arnault’s luxury conglomerate LVMH slumped by nearly 1%, slashing $1.4 billion from his fortune.

Bezos’ net worth now stands at $193.5 billion, Forbes estimates, compared to Arnault’s $192.9 billion.

It’s been a rollercoaster few weeks for the two titans, who have been trading the top spot back and forth. On May 24 and 25, Arnault briefly passed Bezos before the markets opened in New York and Amazon shares rose, giving the Amazon founder the upper hand.

Then, on May 27, Anault took the lead and held it for two weeks. Earlier this year, Bezos was locked in a two-week-fight for the top spot with a different mogul: Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk.

Most of Bezos’ net worth is tied up in his Amazon shares—he owns about 10% of the e-commerce giant—in addition to an estimated $19 billion worth of cash and investments, $500 million in real estate, plus aerospace company Blue Origin and the Washington Post. On Monday, Bezos announced that he would be onboard Blue Origin’s first crewed space flight on July 20, accompanied by his younger brother Mark and a third seat reserved for the winner of an online auction scheduled to end on June 22.

As the richest person on Earth—and soon one of the few billionaires to ever be in space—Bezos has seen enormous gains in his personal wealth over the past two years.

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