How Bernard Arnault became the world’s richest, surpassing Elon Musk

Musk out, Arnault In- Bernard Arnault surpasses Elon Musk and is now the world’s richest person. The French tycoon has a net worth estimate of $170.8 billion which is more than Elon Musk’s net worth.

epa07509557 (FILE) CEO of French luxury goup LVMH, Bernard Arnault attends a new conference to present the group’s annual results, in Paris, France, 29 January 2019 (reissued 16 April 2019). According to reports, French luxury group LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault announced on 16 April 2019 donation of 200 mln euros for reconstruction of damaged Notre Dame Cathedral. A huge fire started in the late afternoon on 15 April in the historic monument of the French capital burning the roof and a spire. EPA/IAN LANGSDON Dostawca: PAP/EPA.

Arnault and his family own 48% of shares in the company LVMH. They have 64% of voting rights as well.

Bernard Arnault is the first person from France who claimed the top spot among the world’s richest people. He is even the first in all of Europe.

The brain behind Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE

Who is Bernard Arnault and how did he become the world’s richest person?

Bernard Arnault is the brain behind the luxury brand LVMH or commonly known as Louis Vuitton and Moët Hennessy. He was born in 1949 in Roubaix, France.  He graduated from Polytechnique, an elite school for engineering.

Photo from Louis Vuitton

Arnault started out by working at Ferret Savinel which is a family business. Next, he ventured into property development before taking over Boussac-Saint-Freres. Boussac-Saint-Freres was a textile group that went bankrupt.

Bernard bought a controlling stake in LVMH and turned the brand into a luxury powerhouse that sells wines, fashion goods, jewelry, and more.

With his success in growing LVMH, it is no doubt that he successfully topped the list of the world’s richest people. Despite the pandemic affecting businesses and the economy, LVMH still generated big sales because the demand for luxury products was still at an all-time high.

Arnault Dynasty within LVMH

Photo from Louis Vuitton

Arnault is without a doubt one of the most successful people in the world of luxury brands and he is not stopping there. His five children currently work at the firm or for LVMHS’ brands.

Arnault’s son, Antoine, now holds a role at Christian Dior SE, which is one of the brands under LVMHS.

Brands under LVMHS

Did you know that some of your favorite luxury brands are under LVMHS? Since LVMHS is a luxury goods conglomerate, it is no surprise that popular luxury brands are under it.

Here is the list of Luxury brands under LVMHS:

  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Christian Dior
  • Fendi
  • Givenchy
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Stella McCartney
  • Loewe
  • Loro Piana
  • Kenzo
  • Celine
  • Sephora
  • Princess Yachts
  • TAG Heuer
  • Bulgari
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Dom Pérignon
  • Hennessy, and many more
Photo from Monochrome

With his success and his hunger to build the top luxury conglomerate in the world, Bernard Arnault is definitely dominating the world of business, one luxury brand at a time.



Patricia Cruz
Patricia Cruz


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