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ELON MUSK LOSES WORLD’S 2ND RICHEST RANKING TO BERNARD ARNAULT

Tesla Inc.’s chief executive officer has lost his spot as the world’s second-richest person to LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault as the electric vehicle maker's shares fell 2.2%. That was on top of last week’s slump amid a global rout in technology stocks and fresh signs of trouble in its China business, Benjamin Stupples, Jack Witzig and Devon Pendleton reported for Bloomberg News.

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Musk, who held the top spot in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index as recently as March, now has a fortune of $160.6 billion, down 24% from its January high.


The drop follows a turbulent period for Musk, who sent Bitcoin tumbling as much as 15% last week after posting a statement on Twitter that Tesla was no longer accepting the digital currency as payment.


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He also helped to whipsaw Dogecoin prices after tweeting he’s working with developers of the Shiba Inu-themed token to improve transaction efficiencies.


Over the weekend, Musk wrought havoc again when he seemed to imply that Tesla may sell or has sold its Bitcoin holdings before clarifying in a tweet Monday that the company had done no such thing.


Musk, 49, became the world’s richest person in January after Tesla’s shares surged almost 750% last year amid a boom in technology-driven stocks. Despite reporting record first-quarter profit, the Palo Alto, California-based company’s shares have since fallen by about a fifth amid a global semiconductor shortage and increasing competition from traditional automakers.



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