Business mogul and CEO Elon Musk’s personal wealth recently ballooned to $US222 billion ($302 billion), building his lead as the richest person in the world comfortably ahead of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index.
To celebrate his self-adorned gold medal, Musk jokingly jabbed at his rival Bezos, who has a $US191.6 billion, by responding to one of his Twitter posts with a trolling emoji of a silver – second place – medal.
Tesla chief Elon Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos are the two richest people in the world.
Bezos was touting his own company on Twitter, writing: “Listen and be open, but don’t let anybody tell you who you are. This was just one of the many stories telling us all the ways we were going to fail. Today, Amazon is one of the world’s most successful companies and has revolutionised two entirely different industries.”
Musk saw it as an opportune time to rub in to Bezos that he’s technically second richest. His response tweet wasn’t subtle.
The Tesla CEO previously told Forbes that he planned to send Bezos a second-place statue since surpassing him as the wealthiest man in the world in September.
Musk’s personal wealth shot up by $US10.6 billion after a secondary share sale by investors that valued SpaceX over $US100 billion, according to CNBC. Much of that spike came after SpaceX’s Inspiration4 spent three days in space hovering above Earth. The all-civilian crew made history with the first black woman to serve as a spacecraft pilot, the youngest American to become an astronaut to date, and the first person to fly in space with a prosthesis.
Musk, a longtime rival of Bezos, is known for taunting over social media. He tweeted at President Biden last month to highlight SpaceX’s success that he felt the president neglected. Musk and Bezos aren’t exactly cordial, either. Bezos, who also heads space ambitions having founded Blue Origin in 2000, publicly called NASA’s decision to award Musk’s SpaceX a $US2.9 billion lunar lander contract “unfair,” bringing the issue to federal court in August.
Musk’s increase in wealth is largely due to stock prices rising. He was paid $US0 in 2020, according to a company filing, but he did receive stock options during the year that have risen in value to be $US22 billion.
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