THE Bernard ArnaultCEO of the world’s largest luxury goods group LVMH, and the Francoise Betancourt Meyerheir to L’Oréal are, together with their families, the richest man and the richer woman in the world, a ‘first’, according to Forbes magazine’s annual ranking for 2023 which was released today.

In 2022, Bernard Arnault was the third richest person in the world with first Elon Musk, owner of Tesla, Twitter or even Space X and second Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.

But last December, the French billionaire and his family became the owners of the world’s largest fortune according to the magazine’s “real-time” list, using mainly stock market prices and exchange rates as criteria. .

In the world’s top 2023 published today, his fortune is estimated to reach $211 billion — Forbes explains that it “calculated the net worth using stock prices and exchange rates as of Friday, March 11, 2023.”

“For the first time in the history of the ranking France’s richest man and richest woman are also the richest in the world. A double performance that shows the vigor of the French economy despite the successive crises that our country is going through, directly or indirectly,” says Forbes France in a statement.

Elon Musk is the second richest man in the world, with a fortune estimated at 180 billion dollars, followed by Jeff Bezos (114 billion), Larry Ellison, co-founder of the software company Oracle (107 billion) and businessman Warren Buffett (106 billion).

The top ten are completed by the Americans Bill Gates (104 billion) and Michael Bloomberg (94.5 billion), the Mexican Carlos Slim and his family (93 billion), the Indian Mukesh Ambani (83.4 billion) and American Steve Ballmer ($80.7 billion).

Françoise Betancourt Meyer (and her family) — eleventh largest fortune in the world with 80.5 billion dollars — is for the third year in a row the richest woman in the world.