With the price increase at Tesla, which continues in the new year, many people earn a lot of money – but none as much as CEO Elon Musk, who owns around 20 percent of the shares. After the most recent plus on Wednesday, Tesla’s total market capitalization was more than $ 700 billion, making the company one of the largest in the major S&P 500 index. At the same time, Musk continues to rise in the list of the richest people in the world: His fortune is now only three billion dollars below that of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.
Update: As you can see, it actually happened on Thursday. Tesla shares rose rapidly again in the US, while Amazon only rose slightly. That should have been enough for Musk to sit down in front of Bezos, and several media outlets already announced that the evening had taken place. The Tesla boss noted his new top position on Twitter as “strange” and then declared “well, back to work”.
$ 181 billion with Tesla and SpaceX
This comes from the Billionaires Index, which the news agency Bloomberg publishes regularly on its website. Accordingly, no one on earth is richer than Bezos. His fortune was estimated at $ 184 billion Thursday morning, a good $ 4 billion less than the previous day because Amazon shares fell. That of Musk, who owns a majority in SpaceX in addition to the Tesla shares, rose again by nearly 5 billion dollars and is now said to amount to 181 billion dollars.
Another trading day like on Wednesday, and then Musk would have overtaken his colleague CEO Bezos, with whom he doesn’t seem to have a very good relationship, as the richest person in the world. But according to his own statements, the Tesla and SpaceX boss does not care much about this enormous wealth and wants to use his Tesla shares in the long term to finance the colonization of space with SpaceX, which will still be really expensive. He ruled out an IPO of SpaceX itself, but indicated that the company’s Starlink business for Internet from space would be well suited for this once it generates regular income.
Magazine continues to see Bezos ahead of Musk
Such investments in the future and the prospects for Tesla suggest that the surge in Musk’s wealth is not over. According to calculations by Forbes magazine, which creates its own overview of the rich in the world, his distance on Bezos is slightly larger than on Bloomberg. The Amazon boss was listed on Thursday at $ 183.4 billion, Musk at $ 165.4 billion. The difference could be explained, among other things, by the value used for SpaceX, for which, unlike Tesla, no current stock exchange prices are available.