Elon Musk’s Twitter posts hold driving Bitcoin costs down. His personal fortune goes in the identical course.

On Monday, the CEO of Tesla Inc. misplaced his place because the world’s second richest particular person to LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault as the electrical automobile maker’s shares fell 2.2%. That added to final week’s slide amid a worldwide slide in tech shares and new indicators of hassle at its China enterprise.

Musk, who ranked first on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index in March, is now price $ 160.6 billion, down 24% from his January peak.

The drop follows a turbulent interval for Musk, who despatched Bitcoin down as a lot as 15% final week after posting a press release on Twitter that Tesla was not accepting the digital foreign money as cost. He additionally helped drive up Dogecoin costs after tweeting that he’s working with the builders of the Shiba Inu-themed token to enhance transaction effectivity.

Wreaking havoc

Over the weekend, Musk once more wreaked havoc when he appeared to trace that Tesla would possibly promote or has bought its Bitcoin holdings earlier than later clarifying in a tweet Monday that the corporate had accomplished no such factor.

Musk, 49, turned the world’s richest particular person in January after Tesla shares jumped almost 750% final yr amid a tech-driven inventory growth. Despite reporting report first-quarter earnings, the Palo Alto, California-based firm’s shares have fallen a few fifth amid a worldwide semiconductor scarcity and rising competitors from conventional automakers.

Musk’s fortune has fallen by about $ 9.1 billion this yr, essentially the most among the many US-based billionaires tracked by the Bloomberg wealth index.

Arnault, 72, in the meantime, has added essentially the most, together with his web price rising by almost $ 47 billion to $ 161.2 billion as his firm’s gross sales of luxurious items in China improve and different elements of Asia.

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