Billionaire Warren Buffet just can’t lose. Or he certainly knows how to win. Whatever the case, Buffett came out on top Thursday, as the market closed with Buffett $661 million wealthier than he had been the day before. Just this week he announced that his holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, would be ordering $9.6 billion-worth of private jets, and offered to purchase the mortgage division and loan portfolio of ResCap, a subsidiary of Ally Financial Inc.
Buffet’s Thursday performance topped Forbes’ Real-Time Billionaires index, a report on the major holdings of 50 select billionaires. Not far behind on the list was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who made roughly half a billion dollars as the company’s stock rose 3.7% on Thursday. Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, raised his net worth by $250 millon on Thursday, as shares of America Movil moved up in price.
The biggest loser among the group was Phil Knight, whose net worth dropped $205 million with Nike stock dropped $2.20 per share in just a day. The athletic equipment company had recently announced the sale of its Cole Haan brand and Umbro soccer gear division. Larry Ellison’s, Oracle holdings led to a loss of $111 million on Thursday as well. Orracle’s Settlement talks with HP over the Itanium business they share broke down that day, leading to a trial scheduled for later this summer.