Musk Loses $50 Billion in Two Days Following Tesla Stock Drop — Could It Continue To Diminish?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ALEXANDER BECHER/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10764495w)Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gives a statement at the construction site of the Tesla Giga Factory in Gruenheide near Berlin, Germany, 03 September 2020.
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Elon Musk — still the richest man on the planet — has lost $50 billion in two days after Tesla shares tumbled for the second day in a row.

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His net worth stood at $340 billion on November 4, dropping to $288 billion on November 9, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

It’s the biggest two-day decline in the history of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, and the biggest one-day fall after Jeff Bezos’s $36 billion plunge following his divorce from MacKenzie Scott in 2019, according to Bloomberg. He is still in front of Jeff Bezos, who, at the No. 2 spot, has a net worth of $206 billion.

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Musk’s net worth had jumped by multiple billions earlier this month, following the announcement that Hertz had purchased 100,000 Teslas. Tesla’s stock also soared, which made the company hit the $1 trillion market cap.

Peter Cohan, a lecturer at Babson College and author of “Goliath Strikes Back,” told GOBankingRates that losing $50 billion in two days would be painful for “normal humans.”

“That certainly represents a significant chunk of his net worth, as well. I do not know exactly why the shares fell so much so fast nor whether the shares are likely to snap back quickly,” Cohan said. “But my guess is that it has something to do with the uncertainty about whether Musk will sell 10% of his holdings. But I seriously doubt that anything has happened this week to diminish the present value of Tesla’s future cash flows by that much.”

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Cathie Wood’s ARK Investment Management, whose funds have been selling shares in Tesla over the past few months, lost more than $750 million in Tuesday’s selloff, while Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison, the company’s second-largest individual shareholder, lost $2.1 billion, Bloomberg reported.

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About the Author

Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a former full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.

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