Elon Musk has lost his second spot to Bernard Arnault after Bitcoin tweets and Michael Burry’s big short
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has slipped to third place in billionaire rankings after losing $3.16 billion in a day, according to Bloomberg data.
He’s now below Frenchman Bernard Arnault, the 72-year-old CEO of luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy.
Musk became the richest person on the planet in early January, surpassing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
The Tesla mogul had a relatively short stint at number one, with Bezos reclaiming his title in late February.
In early March, Musk was briefly surpassed by Arnault due to market fluctuations, but he then managed to reclaim his title of the second-richest person.
Overall, Bloomberg estimates that Musk’s net worth has slipped 24 percent from the January peak.
Tesla under pressure
The Tesla stock closed the Monday session 2.19 percent lower, partially recovering from an intraday low
Musk’s recent tweets about Bitcoin have contributed to the drop, with many shareholders perceiving them as a distraction from the company’s core business.
the Tesla mogul warned that the company could remove Bitcoin from its balance sheet before backtracking on the threat.
Michael Burry of “The Big Short” also revealed a $534 million short bet on the e-car maker after predicting that the stock could plunge 90 percent.