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Billionaire Watch

Elon Musk takes back world’s richest man title after gaining $10 billion in a day

Elon Musk bounced back strongly to become the world’s richest man amid a daily gain of $9.81 billion.

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49-year-old self-made billionaire, Elon Musk bounced back strongly to become the world’s richest man amid a daily gain of $9.81 billion.

Tesla chief’s wealth surged back to $190 billion, as the electric car company’s shares recorded impressive gains of 6.18%, thereby putting the market value of Tesla at $712 billion coupled with the SpaceX he founded completing another funding round, pushing him atop the Bloomberg Billionaires Index for the third time in 2021.

Such record gains pushed Musk past Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, who is now worth $185 billion and had a few days ago reclaimed the title as the world’s richest person after Tesla shares plunged to record levels.

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Tesla Inc stocks were on a record buying spree at Wednesday’s trading session, indicating that global investors are buying the dip following a four-day plunge that erased the world’s most valuable car company year-to-date gains.

That being said, MicroStrategy CEO, Michael Saylor, has revealed that SpaceX, a company founded by Elon Musk, is exploring the merits of buying Bitcoin.

READ: World richest man, Jeff Bezos holds 5% of his wealth in cash

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Saylor revealed that top representatives from SpaceX were among 7,000 companies represented at MicroStrategy’s recent Bitcoin seminar, which the leading business intelligence company organized to aid companies interested in buying Bitcoin as a treasury asset.

  • Recent reports suggest SpaceX raised another $850 million this month from a group of leading institutional investors led by Sequoia Capital.
  • Such investment now puts SpaceX’s valuation at $74 billion, a 60% jump from August, and helped boost Musk’s net worth by about $11 billion, according to the index.
  • A November 15, 2016 filing with the Federal Communications Commission revealed that the tech billionaire owned 54% of SpaceX.

READ: Tesla loses $200 billion in market value following Bitcoin investment

Elon Musk’s current net worth of $190 billion can currently buy 106 million troy ounces of gold or 2.82 billion barrels of crude oil.

Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment trading. Message Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina. He is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

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    Top 5 billionaires in Europe and what they do for money

    The world billionaires list comprises an exciting set of European billionaires who made their fortune from unlikely areas.

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    Top 5 billionaires in Europe and what they do for money

    What would the world billionaires list look like without the American and Asian mavericks doing spectacular things in tech and other fields of endeavour? Take away these two groups and you would find an interesting crop of European billionaires who made their fortune from unlikely areas.

    Today, we will look at the top five European billionaires and what they do for money.

    5. Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr. ($39.7 billion)

    Beate Heister and Karl Albrecht Jr. are German nationals and children of the founder of one of the biggest supermarket chains in Germany.

    Aldi Supermarket was founded by two brothers after World War 2 and it went on to become very successful. The brothers split at some point and one of them took over the supermarket and made a great success of it. Aldi is touted as the European Walmart.

    Together, Beate and Karl Jr. are worth $39.7 billion.

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    4. Francois Pinnault ($52.3 billion)

    The Frenchman, Francois Pinault is the Chairman of the fashion group, Kerring which owns luxury brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Gucci. He started his company as a wood and building materials company before diving into the lucrative world of luxury goods.

    In 1999, he bought the controlling stake in Gucci Group and this kickstarted his journey into luxury products. Francois Pinault is currently worth $52.3 billion.

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    3. Francois Bettencourt Meyers ($83 billion)

    She is the richest woman in the world and the third richest in Europe. Francois Bettencourt Meyers is the granddaughter of the founder of the world-famous cosmetic brand, L’Oréal. She inherited the fortune after her mother who was also the richest woman died.

    Francois Bettencourt and her family own a 33% stake in L’Oréal. The Frenchwoman is worth $83 billion.

    READ: US Tech Boom: 7% increase in valuation as 2 fresh billionaires cross the $100bn mark

    2. Amancio Ortega ($84.9 billion)

    Amancio Ortega is one of the wealthiest clothing retailers in the world. He sits on top of Inditex, a fashion company that owns several brands with over 7,500 stores worldwide.

    Inditex is listed and Amancio owns 60% of it. According to Forbes, he earns over $400 million in dividends every year.

    Amancio Ortega is Spanish and he is worth $84.9 billion.

    READ: Africa’s richest woman claims decision to freeze her assets was based on “fake passport”

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    1. Bernard Arnaut ($180.1 billion)

    He needs no introduction as we have done many articles on him already. He is the third richest man in the world and the president of Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton Group (LVMH). His company is the biggest name in the luxury goods world with over 70 brands under it.

    According to Forbes, he pulled off the biggest brand acquisition ever when he signed in January 2021, the American jeweller Tiffany & Co for $15.8 billion.

    Bernard Arnaut calls himself the custodian of French heritage according to Forbes. His net worth is $180.1 billion.

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    Top 5 women who became billionaires after divorcing their husbands

    The divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates is set to mint another woman billionaire.

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    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    The divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates is set to mint another woman billionaire. Yesterday, Nairametrics reported on the first set of transactions made by Bill Gates to his ex-wife, Melinda.

    She was transferred securities worth over $1 billion, already making her a billionaire. With more transfers set to come, we want to look at 5 other women who became billionaires after divorcing their husbands.

    5 .  Sue Ann Arnall ($1 billion  

    Sue Ann Arnall was the wife of oil baron and CEO of Continental Resources, Mr Harold Hamm. The 26-year-old marriage ended in 2015 with a handwritten check of a whopping $974 million to Sue Ann, which she initially rejected on the basis that it was too small. After a series of back and forth in court, however, she finally accepted the cheque.

    Before the cheque, Harold Hamm had initially paid her over $20 million, driving the total settlement figure over a billion dollars.

    Harold Hamm is currently the 247th richest man in the world with a net worth of $8.6 billion.

    READ: There are only 15 black billionaires in the world, here are the top 10

    4.  Sue Gross ( $1.3 billion )

    The ex-wife of Bill Gross, the billionaire founder of the investment management firm, PIMCO, walked away from her 32-year-old marriage to the business mogul with a handsome $1.3 billion dollars. She started her own charity afterwards.

    Bill Gross is currently worth $1.5 billion according to Forbes. He founded PIMCO in 1971 and it became one of the most successful investment management firms in America.

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    READ: Squarespace founder is the latest billionaire, set to make $3bn from listing his company

    3.  Elaine Wynn ( $2 billion ) 

    Elaine Wynn is the ex-wife of Steve Wynn and she is a Co-Founder of the successful casino company, Wynn Resorts. After the couple divorced in 2012, she was transferred 11 million shares from the company which was valued at $795 million at the time.

    Her ex-husband sold a substantial amount of shares later that year, which she also got a stake in. Today, her total shares from the Wyatt Resorts are worth over $2.3 billion according to Forbes.

    READ: Is Donald Trump still a billionaire?

    2.  Melinda Gates ($1.8 billion and counting) 

    Melinda Gates is the latest billionaire divorcee on the block and she is already worth $1.8 billion after the first transfer of wealth. Her ex-husband, Bill Gates is the 4th richest man in the world. She will be worth over $60 billion if Bill Gates’ fortune is split evenly with her, although that is very unlikely.

    1.  Mackenzie Scott ($57.7 billion) 

    The ex-wife of the richest man in the world tops the list with a staggering $57.7 billion net worth. She met her ex-husband, Jeff Bezos when they both worked at a hedge fund in New York and she helped set up Amazon.

    After her divorce from Bezos in 2019, she received 4% of Amazon shares which was valued at $35 billion then. Amazon stocks have witnessed a near 75% increase since then. She is currently worth $57.7 billion according to Forbes.

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    What you should know 

    Melinda Gates may top the list after the complete transfer of wealth by her ex-husband, Bill Gates.

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