Elon Musk’s year of dizzying ascents hit a new apex Monday as the Tesla Inc. co-founder passed Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person.
The 49-year-old entrepreneur’s net worth soared $7.2 billion to $127.9 billion, driven by yet another surge in Tesla’s share price. Musk has added $100.3 billion to his net worth this year, the most of anyone on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people. In January he ranked 35th.
His advance up the wealth ranks has been driven largely by Tesla, whose market value is approaching $500 billion. About three-quarters of his net worth is comprised of Tesla shares, which are valued more than four times as much as his stake in Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX.
With Monday’s move, Musk unseats an occasional verbal sparring partner in Gates, who the Tesla billionaire has ridiculed on Twitter for, among other things, having “no clue” about electric trucks. The two have also traded barbs over Covid-19. Gates, whose charitable foundation is one of the preeminent bodies backing vaccine research, has expressed concern over Musk’s stated suspicion of pandemic data and embrace of certain conspiracy theories.
The year has been a lucrative one for the world’s richest people. Despite the pandemic and widespread layoffs that have disproportionately affected the world’s working class and poor, the members of the Bloomberg index have collectively gained 23% -- or $1.3 trillion -- since the year began.
Elon Musk is now world's second wealthiest person
Musk overtakes Bill Gates
Elon Musk, the charismatic chief of electric automaker Tesla, has overtaken Bill Gates to become the world's second richest person, according to the Bloomberg list of billionaires.
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3 Comments on this Story
bsrahmd 62 days ago
windfall of $7.2 billion .. just nice to give $1 each for the world population of 7 billion humans in the form of free vaccine for covid-19. will he do it ? On another note maybe Bill Gates will get back his No.2 position if his investments in vaccine research gives him a handsome return.
Nathan Ron63 days ago
We need Indian Entrepreneurs like Elon Musk. Sure there are. Pop up guys to show your colors.
mohanqp Thomas63 days ago
Real crazy genius. Made of different stuff. Weird innovator billionaire, has finger in every pie.