Move over Jeff Bezos. Luxury goods owner Bernard Arnault is now the richest person in the world, based on the current stock price of Louis Vuitton.
Arnault, who has been chairman of Louis Vuitton since he acquired a 44% stake in the brand conglomerate in the late 1980’s, is worth $196 billion as of Thursday. That’s slightly more than Jeff Bezos’ net worth of about $186 billion, according to Forbes.
Combined with a family holdings company, Arnault now owns 47% of Louis Vuitton, which had a total market value of $416 billion as of Thursday. The company, which owns brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Bulgari, Tag Heuer, Sephora, and Hennessy, has seen its stock price soar more than 30% year-to-date.
Louis Vuitton has seen a resurgence since the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of its brands setting record sales and profits in the first half of 2021. The company saw second quarter revenue hit $17.4 billion, up 14% from pre-pandemic levels.