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: The billionaires are bleeding. Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other top earners have lost nearly $200 billion in 2022

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Get the hankies ready.

The world’s biggest billionaires alone lost more than $40 billion as markets cratered on Wednesday, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire’s Index, a daily ranking of the world’s wealthiest.

Still at the top of that list is Tesla’s
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chief executive officer, Elon Musk, who lost the most of 500 billionaires. Musk shed $12.3 billion of his personal fortune as the Dow Jones Industrial Average
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and S&P 500
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saw their worst days in two years.

Musk has been pursuing a $44 billion deal for Twitter
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arguing with the social-network service’s CEO Parag Agrawal about spam bots, in what may be a bid to get a cheaper deal or abandon it all together. Wednesday’s batch of Musk tweets, in which he vowed to vote Republican in the next election and decried the S&P ESG index as a scam after the index dumped Tesla.

Tesla stock price target was slashed by Wedbush on Thursday, as the analyst citing a “circus show” over Twitter and headwinds from China’s COVID battle. Since the deal was announced on April 25, Tesls has dropped 28%, though that has come amid hefty market losses this year while S&P 500 has been flirting with a bear market.

Dry those crocodile tears, though as Musk is still worth $210 billion, even if he’s lost $60.4 billion so far this year.

Just behind Musk is Amazon.com
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founder and former CEOJeff Bezos, whose Wednesday losses came in at close second, with a $8.48 billion drop leaving his fortune at $131 billion. Amazon shares have lost 35% so far this year, taking a hit from last month’s first reported quarterly loss in seven years. Year-to-date, Bezos has lost $61.6 billion.

Number three on the most wealthy list, Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of French luxury goods giant LVMH Moët Hennessy
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lost $3.15 billion on Wednesday and has seen his fortune decline by $52 billion this year, to $126 billion.

Microsoft
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co-founder Bill Gates lost $2.19 billion on Wednesday and is $19.4 billion poorer for the year so far. His wealth stands at $119 billion, while Berkshire Hathaway’s
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chairman and CEO Warren Buffett saw $2.74 billion wiped off his fortune, though he’s gained $2.17 billion year-to-date. Buffet is presently worth $111 billion.

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