World's Richest: Elon Musk Slips Further To Third Position Behind Jeff Bezos And Bernard Arnault

World's Richest: Elon Musk Slips Further To Third Position Behind Jeff Bezos And Bernard Arnault

Jeff Bezos, who was the richest for a brief period, went back to the second spot with USD 199 billion. Elon Musk, however has seen his numbers drop even further, at USD 191, occupying the third position.

Juviraj AnchilUpdated: Friday, March 08, 2024, 10:59 AM IST
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After losing the top spot the Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, the fortunes of Elon Musk's amongst the richest in the world has further slipped. As according to Bloomberg, Bernard Arnault, LVHM boss and the richest person on earth has a net worth of USD 200 billion. Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos, who was the richest for a brief period, went back to the second spot with USD 199 billion. Elon Musk, however has seen his numbers drop even further, at USD 191, occupying the third position.

Tesla's volatile shares

This came to pass after Tesla shares dropped at the beginning of the week. As according to the recent numbers, the shares of the company stood at USD 178.65, having gained some ground, after the slump. This slump in company shares comes right after a positive start to the month of the year, when the share price clocked at USD 202.64 a piece on March 1.

His other ventures, including, The Boring Company, a construction company and his space research company, SpaceX are not listed companies.

These developments come at a time, when Tesla dominance as the EV giant is being put to test by many, particularly, the Chinese carmaker, BYD. BYD has been bullishly pursuing routes to maximize and expand its footprint, in a world that is hungry for sustainable mobility options.

Meanwhile many other big names including American giants, Ford and GM are scaling back, having not found sufficient success, compared to the likes of Tesla. In addition Apple, the world's second most valuable company's decision to relinquish its plans to make their EV, after a decade long journey, has aided the prospects of Tesla.

The BYD problem

BYD on the other hand, with its recent launch of Seal in India, a budding market for EVs and Hybrids, has made its intention clear of how it intends to enter bigger markets.

In addition, the Chinese car-manufacturer's launch of its 'Supercar', the Yangwang U9, has exhibited its capabilities of making not just cars that fit into budgets of common individuals, but also make luxury wagons, that appeal to the taste of the EV-enthusiasts.

These factors, in addition to the perennial issues concerning X, formerly Twitter, has also plagued the scope of a less tumultuous of path for Elon Musk and the companies, that he heads.

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