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Elon Musk surpasses Jeff Bezos as world’s richest man


On Thursday, Tesla founder Elon Musk overtook Amazon boss Jeff Bezos as the richest man in the world, according to Bloomberg’s live tracking list.

Tesla shares have soared at the start of this year, with a five percent increase on Wall Street on Thursday alone, taking Musk‘s worth to 188.5 billion US dollars, around 1.5 billion US dollars more than Bezos.

Forbes, who have another list, still have Musk behind Bezos, but both men have seen their wealth rocket thanks to the pandemic, with Bezos having topped the list for the last three years.

Before that, Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates had been number one in Forbes’ list for 18 of the last 24 years.

Bloomberg point out that Bezos would remain top if it were not for his divorce, which saw him lose a quarter of his value in Amazon to his ex-wife.

“How strange, well, back to work…” Musk tweeted when alerted to the news of his new position.

Controversial businessman Musk has seen Tesla’s shares go up 743 percent in 2020, and the 49-year-old owns around 20 percent of the shares in the company.

He is also the leader of Space X, a space travel company which competes with Bezos‘ Blue Origin.

Recently, Musk revealed that he had sought to sell Tesla to Apple, who turned him down, and that he had moved away from Silicon Valley to Texas.