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One of America’s richest Black CEOs, Craig Arnold gains $5 million from Eaton stake

by Omokolade Ajayi
Craig Arnold

Key Points:

  • Black executive Craig Arnold, saw a $5 million boost in his wealth due to a recent surge in the company’s stock price

  • Eaton’s commitment to innovation and sustainability has led to a 9 percent increase in sales and a 38% stock rise year-to-date.

  • Impressive performance highlights the potential for investors to build wealth by owning shares in innovative companies.

Craig Arnold, celebrated as one of America’s leading Black CEOs, has experienced a significant boost in his fortune, further cementing his position as one of the world’s richest Black executives. His stake in Eaton Corporation has experienced a $5.04-million boost in the market value, thanks to the recent rise in the company’s stock price.

According to data tracked by Billionaires.Africa, Arnold, who chairs and leads Eaton, had previously seen his stake decline by $7.5 million between April 29 and May 2 — it fell from $168.83 million to $161.34 million.

Eaton shares surge 3.04 percent, market cap above $130 billion

Eaton Corporation, a multinational power management company headquartered in the U.S. and Ireland, recorded $23.2 billion in sales in 2023. Under Arnold’s leadership, the company remains committed to providing energy-efficient solutions across more than 175 countries, ensuring reliable, efficient, safe, and sustainable power management for its customers.

Notably, the company, which describes itself as an “intelligent power management company,” reported stronger-than-expected first-quarter sales of $5.94 billion in 2024, a 9 percent increase from the $5.48 billion reported in the same period last year.

Since May 3, Eaton’s shares have climbed 3.04 percent on the New York Stock Exchange, rising from $320.50 to $330.24 at the time of writing. This increase has pushed the company’s market capitalization above $130 billion, benefiting shareholders like CEO Arnold.

Eaton’s surge skyrockets Arnold’s portfolio above $170 million

Arnold, a leading American executive, holds a minority 0.13-percent stake in the power management company, equivalent to 517,061 shares. His investment portfolio includes another minority 0.0027-percent stake in Medtronic Plc, valued at more than $3 million.

The recent rise in Eaton’s share price has lifted the market value of Arnold’s Eaton stake by $5.03 million over the past 16 days, bringing it to $170.75 million at the time of this report, up from $165.72 million on May 3.

The rise in Eaton’s share price underscores Arnold’s strategic leadership and Eaton’s commitment to innovation and sustainable solutions, which continue to be attractive to investors.

Your Money and Your Life

For individuals, Eaton shares are among the many companies that have returned impressive gains to investors since the start of the year.

Investors looking to emulate the wealth-building strategies of billionaires and ultra-high-net-worth individuals by owning stakes in innovative companies like this intelligent power management company have seen their fortunes surge this year. 

Eaton’s shares on the New York Stock Exchange have surged over 38 percent year-to-date in 2024. This means a $100,000 investment in Eaton at the start of this year would be worth $138,230 at the time of writing, representing a gain of $38,230.

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