Mr Arnault became the first man in years whose last name is not Gates or Bezos to be able to call himself the world’s richest on Monday, with a net worth of $109.6bn, according to the Forbes list of real-time billionaires.
The ascent came after Mr Arnault – the CEO of the luxury goods maker LVMH – added $34.3bn to his net worth in the past year alone. But, Mr Bezos reclaimed his title quickly, as Mr Arnault’s net worth dropped to $109.3 billion, compared to Mr Bezos’ $109.8bn.
With Mr Bezos in first, and Mr Arnault in second, that has left the other man who is often mentioned as among the richest – Bill Gates – in third place, with a comfortable $107.9bn.
Mr Bezos managed to drop from first place in part due to his recent divorce from his former wife, Mackenzie Bezos.
Ms Bezos received a quarter of the couple’s holdings in Amazon through the divorce, making her the 27th richest person in the world.
She has a net worth of $34.7bn.