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Meme Stock: AMC CEO’s Wealth Surged More Than $200M From Retail Investor Rally

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AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron has seen his wealth soar by more than $200 million since the start of the year thanks to a retail-investor fueled rally, according to securities filings.

The theater chain, which has become a favorite of retail investors and social media message boards, has seen its stock surge by more than 1,600 percent in 2021. AMC shares more than doubled in fevered trading Wednesday. They also set an all-time high of $72.62, which was far above their previous record share price.

Aron’s shares were worth about $8 million at the start of 2021, according to share data compiled by Equilar. Those shares are now worth over $220 million, which means the rally has added more than $210 million to his net worth.

While Aron hasn’t sold any shares, according to securities filings, he gifted 500,000 shares to his two sons in March. Those shares are now worth over $25 million.

While Aron may have “diamond hands” when it comes to his AMC shares — to use a popular expression on social media for holding on to a stock — other executives of the company have been cashing out a significant portion of their holdings. All together, AMC executives have sold more than $4 million in stock since the beginning of March.

The company’s chief content officer, Elizabeth Frank, sold 100,000 shares in March for a total of $1.1 million, according to filings. Senior vice president and general counsel Kevin Connor sold more than 72,000 shares in mid-March for a total of $983,000. The most recent filing shows chief marketing officer Stephen Colanero selling 15,000 shares for a gain of $411,000.

The company didn’t respond to a request for comment. It’s unclear whether any of the sales were part of a pre-scheduled share-sale program.

The stock sales and run-ups show how the new generation of meme-stocks — like GameStop, Koss and BlackBerry — have created large wealth for inside holders. It also shows that Aron’s strategy of courting retail investors with memes, expressions of support on social media — not to mention free popcorn and movie screenings — has become highly lucrative.

“Cultivating relationships with retail investors is smart,” tech entrepreneur and Zillow co-founder Spencer Rascoff said. “It’s one of the reasons that many companies, especially consumer companies, go public in the first place.”

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Loses 400% of Dangote’s Net Worth in 2022

Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth has nose-dived by more than 50 percent this year, losing over $70 billion

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Facebook Founder and Meta Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth has nose-dived by more than 50 percent this year, losing over $70 billion.

Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth has plummeted very hard this year amid huge investments in the metaverse. 

In April 2021, Facebook said it had spent around $10 billion on metaverse investments while more than 10,000 people are working on its metaverse projects.

According to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index, Zuckerberg started 2022 with a fortune of $125 billion but has since fallen by 55 percent to $55.3 billion this year. 

Zuckerberg’s Facebook started in 2021 with a lot of enthusiasm and hope. In 2021, Facebook was rebranded to Meta as the parent company while Mark disclosed that Facebook will invest heavily in Metaverse. 

Facebook however steeped in controversy with Frances Haugen’s leaked information. At the end of the 2021 financial year, the company reported its first-ever decline in users. 

Mark Zuckerberg lost in 2022 so far which stands at $70 billion is four times the net worth of Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote. Aliko Dangote is worth $18.8 billion according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index.

Zuckerberg’s net worth of $55.3 billion placed him at number 20 on the billionaire index, far below Elon Musk’s net worth estimated at $268 billion. 

The 38-year-old billionaire, who also doubled as the owner of WhatsApp, Instagram and Occult, however believed that the company’s investment in the metaverse space will be worth it in the near future. 

“The metaverse business for us isn’t really going to be a meaningful contributor to the business until at a minimum much later in this decade, and probably realistically this decade is going to be about setting the foundation for that and then the 2030s are really where this is going to contribute a lot to the profits of this company,” Zuckerberg said during the company’s annual shareholder meeting in May.

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Gautam Adani Displaces Amazon Founder, Jeff Bezos as World’s Second Richest Person

Indian business magnate Gautam Adani has displaced Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to become the second-richest person in the world with an estimated wealth of $146.8 billion.

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Indian business magnate Gautam Adani has displaced Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to become the second-richest person in the world with an estimated wealth of $146.8 billion.

According to Bloomberg, Gautam Adani is the first individual from Asia to rank in the top three of the billionaire’s index while Tesla Founder and CEO Elon Musk continue to be the world’s wealthiest individual with an estimated $263.9 billion.

Adani has witnessed a rapid increase in his wealth this year displacing Mukesh Ambani, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet on the Bloomberg billionaire list. 

Adani owns shares in six publicly traded companies that operate in ports, airports, green energy, and data centres.

While several others on the Bloomberg billionaires index have shed wealth so far this year, Gautam Adani has added more than $60 billion to his fortune in 2022 alone. 

Investors King learnt that before February 2022, Gautam Adani was ranked below fellow Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani who is worth $93.4 billion and is currently at the eighth position on the global ranking.

Adani controls Mundra Port which is India’s largest seaport. 

Around September 2020, he also acquired a 74% stake in Mumbai International Airport which is India’s second-busiest airport. This makes him the country’s biggest airport operator. In 2022, he also acquired Swiss giant Holcim’s cement business in India for $10.5 billion.

Strategically, Adani has set a big eye on green energy. He said he will invest up to $70 billion in renewable energy projects in his bid to become the world’s largest producer of green energy. It is not a surprise that shares in his renewable energy firm have spiked while shares in his power company, Adani Power have increased three-fold in the last year in response to rising energy demand.

Gautam Adani is a college dropout who spurned his father’s textile shop to set up a commodities export firm in 1988. He survived the terrorist attack in Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2008. He is 66 years old and happily married with two kids.

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Abdulsamad Earns N90.868 Billion in 24 Hours

Nigeria’s third richest person and leading philanthropist, Abdulsamad Rabiu earned N90.868 billion in the last 24 hours.

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Nigeria’s third-richest person and leading philanthropist, Abdulsamad Rabiu earned N90.868 billion in the last 24 hours.

Rabiu, 62, owns 16.173 billion or 89.85% direct shares in BUA Foods Plc and another 500.485 million or 2.78% in indirect shares in the company.

Together, the billionaire philanthropist owned a combined 16.673 billion or 92.63% shares in BUA Foods Plc.

On Friday, the stock of BUA Foods appreciated by N5.45 or 10% from N54.50 it closed on Thursday to N59.95 a unit on Friday.

Meaning, Rabiu’s holdings in the company grew by N90.868 billion in the last 24 hours if his total shareholdings of 16.673 billion is multiplied by the N5.45 gain realised on Friday.

BUA Food reported a N168.855 billion turnover in the first half (H1) of 2022, representing an increase of 11.29% from N151.731 billion recorded in the same period of 2021.

The company’s gross profit rose by 1.79% to N52.066 billion, up from N51.151 billion achieved in the corresponding period of 2021.

Therefore, BUA Foods realised 10.78% in profit after tax to declare N42.702 billion for the period under review.

Presently ranked 5th richest person in Africa and 350th in the world, Rabiu is the founder of BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate active in cement production, sugar refining and real estate.

The billionaire owns about 96% of BUA Cement Plc, one of Nigeria’s leading cement manufacturing companies, estimated at N1.79 trillion.

Explaining how he grew BUA Cement to the point of listing, Rabiu said “Two years ago, we listed our cement businesses. We had endorsement and Sokoto cement and those businesses were listed, we consolidated the business and we now have BUA Cement PLC with a combined capacity of 11 million tonnes as it is, we are set to rise to 17 million tonnes per annum by the middle of next year with the commissioning of new plants next year.

“And also, we consolidated our foods businesses across all our divisions: the flour milling; the sugar refinery; the oil milling and what have you. I listed that in January 2022 with that, we have a market capitalisation of over N1trn.”

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