Bernard Arnault, the world’s richest man, loses $11 billion in one day after stock swaps

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Tuesday’s shot came after a prolonged rally in LVMH’s share price


Bernard Arnault, the world’s richest person, had $11.2 billion wiped from his fortune in one day amid concerns that a softer US economy will dampen demand for luxury goods.

The founder of LVMH – whose offerings include Louis Vuitton handbags, Moet & Chandon Champagne and Christian Dior dresses – had seen his fortune balloon for most of 2023 as share prices in European luxury companies rose.

On Tuesday, he gave back some of those gains. LVMH shares fell 5% in Paris – the most in more than a year – amid a broader decline that wiped about $30 billion from the European luxury sector.

Even with the sale, the French billionaire still has a net worth of $191.6 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He has added $29.5 billion so far this year.

The gap between the wealth of Arnault and Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk, the world’s second-richest person, has shrunk to just $11.4 billion.

Tuesday’s smoke came after an extended rally in LVMH’s share price, which is still up 23% for the year. The MSCI Europe Textiles Apparel & Luxury Goods Index is up 27%.

Attendees at a luxury conference in Paris organized by Morgan Stanley marked a “relatively more muted” performance in the United States, according to Edouard Aubin, an analyst at the investment bank.

Deutsche Bank AG analysts Matt Garland and Adam Cochrane said in a note that they expect investors to become more selective with European luxury stocks, with slowing growth in the United States a concern.

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