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The billionaire power rankings have shuffled, as LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault has passed Bill Gates to become the second-richest person in the world. According to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index, Arnault now has a net worth of $107.6 billion, topping Gates by more than $200 million. Jeff Bezos remains the world’s richest person with a net worth of $125 billion.

The shakeup comes as LVMH’s shares rose by 0.7 percent in a series of gains. Just last month, Arnault became the third person to join the $100 billion club, and in 2019 alone his net worth has risen $39 billion.

Arnault owns approximately half of LVMH through his family’s holding company, as well as a 97 percent stake of Christian Dior. He got into the luxury game in 1984 when he bought a textile company that owned Christian Dior, and four years later he bought a controlling stake in LVMH.

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Words by Ian Servantes
Staff Writer

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