Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and chief executive of steel company ArcelorMittal, will be buoyed by his company’s results, which saw a 67% rise in net profits for the first quarter.
The Luxembourg-based group said on 11 May that its net profits rose to $1.1 billion compared to $640 million for the same period last year. The world’s biggest steelmaker’s sales too rose by around 27% to $22.2 billion.
This is positive news for Mittal who, although ranked the richest person in Britain in the 2011 Sunday Times Rich List, has still seen his fortunes fall by £5 billion. The list estimated his wealth at £17.5 billion, down from £22.5 billion the previous year – a drop that also made him the year’s biggest loser.
But rising demand for steel from North America and a growing market in China have increased global steel consumption, the company said. The group is also expecting further growth to the tune of around 7% during the year, all of which could add to Mittal’s wealth.
ArcelorMittal was founded in 2006 following the merger of Arcelor and Mittal Steel – a deal orchestrated by Mittal’s son Aditya, who is currently the company’s chief financial officer. Daughter Vanisha Mittal is a member of the group’s board.
The Mittal family controls around 41% of the steel giant which had 2010 revenues of $78.03 billion.