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Elon Musk is now the fourth richest person in the world after gaining $8BILLION in one day

Elon Musk is now the fourth richest person in the world after he tacked on $8 billion to his net worth in a single day as Tesla’s shares soared to all-time highs.

Musk rose from fifth place to surpass Bernard Arnault, a French billionaire and CEO of the luxury brand Louis Vuitton. 

Tesla’s stock jumped 11 percent on Monday, and Musk’s net worth rose to $84.8 billion, making him the fourth richest person in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. 

The Tesla CEO now sits behind Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has a net worth of $99 billion.

Tesla shares rose again on Tuesday, by 2.8 percent, and year to date the stock is up an astonishing 339 percent.

Last week, Wall Street analysts praised Tesla’s move to split its richly valued stock into smaller chunks, saying it had the potential to extend a rally in its shares this year by making it easier for retail investors to hold the stock.

Shares in the electric carmaker rose more than 6% in early trading. The stock, which traded at around $1,467 before the bell on Wednesday, is among the highest priced on Wall Street.

The five-for-one split – Tesla’s first – comes at a time when analysts and investors have expressed concerns over the stock’s high valuation in the market despite cash burn concerns.

‘The move makes sense for Tesla, as it will make its shares cheaper and more accessible to young first-time retail traders using platforms like Robinhood,’ said Jesse Cohen, senior analyst at Investing.com.

‘While stock splits are typically non-events for investors, the reaction seen in Tesla’s stock following the announcement underlines the surging demand from the Robinhood-retail traders to get in on fast-growing tech names.’

Tesla’s move follows a four-for-one split announced by Apple Inc in late July, the iPhone maker’s first stock split since 2014.

‘We believe institutional investors have turned the corner in a positive direction as Musk & Co. have not just talked the talk but walked the walk on its Model 3 sales and profitability trajectory over the last year despite COVID,’ Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said.

The world’s most valuable carmaker posted stellar quarterly results last month, setting it up to be included in the S&P 500 index.

Twelve of 33 analysts covering the stock rated it at ‘sell’ or lower, and just eight rated it at ‘buy’ or higher. The median price target for the stock is $1,300, up from $615 in May.

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