Charles Schwab’s fortune battered by SVB collapse, with his wealth plunging more than any other American billionaire’s in 2023

Billionaire brokerage founder Charles Schwab has seen his personal fortune plummet in the aftermath of Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse over the weekend.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which monitors the real-time wealth of the richest people on earth, Schwab has personally lost around $3 billion in the wake of SVB’s failure.

Schwab, who founded discount brokerage Charles Schwab Corp. in 1971, now has a net worth of $9.99 billion, according to Bloomberg’s estimates, making him the 183rd wealthiest person in the world.

The Bloomberg Billionaires Index shows that Schwab’s fortune fell by 7.7% on Monday thanks to the brokerage’s tumbling share price—a personal loss of $828 million.

Since March 8, Schwab has had $3 billion wiped from his net worth, according to the publication. Since the beginning of 2023, he has lost almost $3.5 billion—meaning his wealth has fallen more than any other American billionaire’s this year.

Much of Schwab’s fortune is derived from a stake in his eponymous company, where he serves as chairman.

Shares of Charles Schwab dropped almost 12% on Monday, as the collapse of SVB sparked a massive selloff of companies in the financial sector. At one point during Monday’s trading session, shares were down more than 20%.

Investors have been particularly fearful that firms like Charles Schwab, which have large bond holdings with long maturities, might be forced to sell such assets at a loss to cover a rush of deposit withdrawals—thus falling into the same trap as Silicon Valley Bank.

SVB was forced to sell off its long-dated government bonds early as it did not have sufficient liquidity to cover a rise in customer deposit withdrawals. If the lender had been able to hold onto those bonds until they matured, it would have made its capital back—but selling them before the end of the maturity period meant offloading them at a loss, as increasing interest rates pushed their value down.

Reassurance from Schwab

Charles Schwab stock nosedived on Monday even in spite of reassurances from Schwab himself and the company’s CEO, Walt Bettinger.

In a statement released on March 13, the pair sought to soothe clients and investors by defending its portfolio, assuring stakeholders that the firm remains “a safe, secure, and strong financial institution.”

“Schwab’s long-standing reputation as a safe port in a storm remains intact, driven by record-setting business performance, a conservative balance sheet, a strong liquidity position, and a diversified base of 34 million+ accountholders who invest with Schwab every day,” Schwab and Bettinger said. “As such, we remain confident in our approach and in our ability to help clients through all kinds of economic environments.”

Charles Schwab shares were up by around 9% in pre-market trading on Tuesday.

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