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This billionaire made $39 billion in 2019, thanks to his luxury brands 

After LVMH’s stock cumulatively added $82 billion in value, the company’s Chairman and CE, Bernard Arnault, easily earned $39 billion.

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After the stock of multinational luxury goods conglomerate, LVMH, cumulatively added $82 billion in value, the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Bernard Arnault, easily earned $39 billion. The French billionaire has long been adjudged the richest man in Europe and one of the richest people in the world.

How this happened: Arnault owns almost half of LVMH, making him the majority shareholder. Now, LVMH owns a whole lot of some of the world’s most popular luxury brands. We are talking about the likes of Louise Vuitton, Dom Perignon, Christian Dior, Bvlgari, Fendi, Givenchy, Moet & Chandon, Hennesy, etc.

In total, the company’s subsidiaries comprise more than sixty global brands which range from luxury wines to high-end fashion clothing, jewellery, perfumes and cosmetics.

Recall that Nairametrics reported back in November that LVMH has acquired popular American jewellery company, Tiffany & Co for the sum of $16.2 billion. The American jeweller is famed for its high-quality and costly engagement ring rings and white diamond necklaces which are beloved by celebrities and socialites.

This billionaire made $39 billion in 2019, thanks to his luxury brands 

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Therefore, with all these popular brands and bearing in mind the size of Arnault’s shareholding in the company, it does not come as a surprise how he earned that much billions in the course of 2019.

The 70-year old French billionaire was born in Roubaix, France in 1949. He has a total net worth of about $107.7 billion. In November, he granted an exclusive interview to Forbes Magazine during which he discussed his early days as a businessman and the secret behind the success of his company and its subsidiaries.

“Why are brands like Louis Vuitton and Dior so successful? They have these two aspects, which may be contradictory: They are timeless, [and] they are at the utmost level of modernity…It’s like fire and water.”

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Emmanuel is a professional writer and business journalist, with interests covering Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Profiles, Brand Communication, Fintech, and MSMEs. He initially joined Nairametrics as an all-round Business Analyst, but later began focusing on and covering the financial services sector. He has also held various leadership roles, including Senior Editor, QAQC Lead, and Deputy Managing Editor. Emmanuel holds an M.Sc in International Relations from the University of Ibadan, graduating with Distinction. He also graduated with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of Philosophy & Logic, University of Ibadan. If you have a scoop for him, you may contact him via his email- [email protected] You may also contact him through various social media platforms, preferably LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Many Billionaires became richer by 27% during the COVID-19 pandemic – Swiss Bank UBS

The world’s richest saw their wealth climb 27.5% to $10.2trn (£7.9trn) from April to July this year.

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Many billionaires have seen their fortunes hit record highs during the pandemic, with top executives from technology and industry earning the most.

According to reports from Swiss bank UBS, the world’s richest saw their wealth climb 27.5% to $10.2trn (£7.9trn) from April to July this year.

This is up from the previous peak of $8.9trn at the end of 2017, and largely due to rising global share prices.

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It also said the number of billionaires had hit a new high of 2,189, up from 2,158 in 2017. It comes as the recent World Bank report showed that acute poverty is set to rise this year for the first time in more than two decades due to the pandemic.

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Among the billionaires, the biggest winners this year have been industrialists, whose wealth rose by a staggering 44% in the three months leading to July.

According to Swiss Bank UBS, “Industrials benefited disproportionately as market price increased in a significant economic recovery [after lockdowns around the world].”

READ: NNPC releases audited financial statements, refineries record losses of N154 billion

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Other lucky beneficiaries of the pandemic are the Tech billionaires, as their wealth soared by 41%, largely due to the corona-induced demand for their goods and services and social distancing, which accelerated and created the impetus for digital businesses; thereby, compressing several years’ of evolution into a few months.

Healthcare billionaires also benefited as the crisis put drug makers and medical device companies in the spotlight.

READ: Wealth of world’s billionaires hits $10.2 trillion

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and Tesla founder Elon Musk – both multi-billionaires – saw their wealth hit new highs this summer, thanks to growth in the price of their companies’ stock.

According to UBS, in the last 11 years, China’s billionaires have increased their wealth by the biggest percentage, climbing 1,146% between 2009 and 2020.

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By comparison, over the same period, the wealth of British billionaires has risen by just 168%. But the biggest accumulation of wealth remains in the US, where American billionaires have $3.5trn, compared to China’s $1.7trn.

The UK’s wealthy billionaires have just $205bn, compared to Germany’s $595bn and France’s $443bn.

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According to UBS, many billionaires benevolently donated some of their wealth to help with the fight against COVID-19,

“Our research has identified 209 billionaires who have publicly committed a total equivalent to $7.2bn from March to June 2020.

“They have reacted quickly, in a way that’s akin to disaster relief, providing unrestricted grants to allow grantees to decide how best to use funds.”

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The UBS report also revealed that the UK billionaires donated less than those from other countries.

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In the US, 98 billionaires donated $4.5bn; in China, 12 billionaires gave $679m; and in Australia, just 2 billionaires donated $324m. But in the UK, 9 billionaires donated just $298m.

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Wealth of world’s billionaires hits $10.2 trillion

The total billionaire wealth globally has climbed by 27.5%, reaching $10.2 trillion, up from $8.0 trillion at the beginning of April. 

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As market turbulence continues to propel the wealthiest amongst us; the world’s billionaires have seen their wealth surge to a peak of $10.2 trillion in July, a 14.61% increase from the $8.9 trillion at the end of 2017. 

This was uncovered in the 2020 Billionaires report tagged the “Riding Storm” which was published today, by the Swiss bank UBS and the accounting firm PwC. 

The report found out that the COVID-19 pandemic turbocharged the global economy’s transition to digital, and this has benefited today’s billionaires, as the pipeline of fresh technologies grows by the day. 

READ: Elon Musk now the third-richest person in the world

The COVID-19 crisis indeed has been the real border between the old and the new economy, as it has spurred increased opportunities for the innovators and the disruptors who dominate the Technology, Health, Industrials, and Entertainment & Media.

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However, the net wealth of traditional billionaires in the intermediate industries and sectors, such as entertainment, financial services, materials, and real estate sectors lagged the rest of the universe. While the wealth of those in older industries suffers. 

READ: World billionaires’ wealth drop by $388 billion in 2018

With the number of billionaires declining by 43 to 2,058, the total billionaire wealth globally has climbed by 27.5%, reaching $10.2 trillion, up from $8.0 trillion at the beginning of April, and higher than the previous peak of $8.9 trillion at the end of 2017. The number of billionaires has increased from 2,158 in 2017 to 2,189. 

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During 2018, 2019, and the first seven months of 2020, the Billionaire class as a whole saw their wealth increase by 19.1%. This clearly signals the polarization taking place, and the rising wealth divergence between billionaires across industries. 

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Technology billionaires’ total wealth rose by 42.5% to $1.8 trillion, supported by the surge in tech shares. The net worth among those in entertainment, materials, real estate, and finance, lagged the rest of the universe with increases of 10% or less. 

However, healthcare billionaires’ total wealth increased by 50.3% to $658.6 billion, boosted by a new age of drug discovery and innovations in diagnostics and medical technology, as well as COVID-19 treatments and equipment. 

READ: 5 habits of Nigeria’s business billionaires you should emulate

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Geographically, Mainland China benefited most, as billionaire wealth grew fastest in Asia. As of early April 2020, there were 389 Chinese billionaires, worth a total of $1.2 trillion. Their wealth had grown by almost nine times, compared with twice in the US.

The report also revealed that US billionaires collectively controlled $3.6 trillion of the $10.2 trillion global wealth. Billionaires in Mainland China accounted for $1.7 trillion, while Germany and Russia accounted for $594.9 billion and $467.6 billion of the total billionaire wealth respectively. 

The report also spiked concerns on the issues of the growing wealth gap and rising inequality in the world, as the majority at the end of the scale has seen their wealth decline owing to the disruption by the global pandemic. The research arm of the United Nations has warned that global poverty could increase this year for the first time since 1990, reversing a decade of progress. 

However, it was suggested in the report that higher productivity is needed to address the huge public financial deficits while taking care to reduce social inequality and to tackle the environmental resource scarcity by doing more with less.

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Elon Musk now the third-richest person in the world

Musk has seen a meteoric rise in his wealth, with his net worth growing by $87.8 billion this year.

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The recent surge in many leading U.S technology stocks have unsurprisingly created wealth for their founders, investors and stock traders.

What we know: Elon Musk just surpassed the co-founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg to become the third richest person in the world. Shares of Tesla Inc. continued its unrelenting surge after the recent stock split of Tesla stocks. Musk is now estimated to be worth about $115.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Musk is the present chief executive officer of Tesla, a maker of electric vehicles.

The Palo Alto, California-based company sells sedans, sport utility vehicles, and is the state’s largest automotive employer. He’s also CEO of Space Exploration Technologies, a rocket manufacturer tapped by NASA to resupply the space station.

Musk, 49, has seen a meteoric rise in his wealth, with his net worth growing by $87.8 billion this year as Tesla shares surged almost 500%.

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Also helpful: an audacious pay package – the largest corporate pay deal ever struck between a chief executive officer and a board of directors – that could yield him more than $50 billion if all goals are met.

On Monday, Nairametrics reported how Tesla’s share price rose to almost $500 following a 5-for-1 split. Nearly 70 million shares had changed hands as at then, two-thirds of the daily average over the past year.

Tesla’s $464 billion market value now exceeds that of retail behemoth Walmart Inc., the largest company in the U.S. by revenue.

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Recall Nairametrics, about two weeks ago highlighted major reasons why Nairametrics believed the stock was a strong buy and could surpass the present most valuable listed technology company.

Tesla was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers who wanted to prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker, and more fun to drive than gasoline cars.

Today, Tesla builds not only all-electric vehicles but also infinitely scalable clean energy generation and storage products. Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better.

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