Elon Musk is now the richest man on the planet and takes the opportunity to “trolling” Jeff Bezos

New York (CNN Business) – The personal wealth of Elon Musk is now $ 222 billion, widening his gap as the richest person in the world according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Musk’s personal wealth soared an additional $ 10.6 billion after a secondary share sale by investors, announced last week, valued the space company above $ 100 billion, reported CNBC.

Jeff Bezos, The founder of Amazon, he is behind Musk with a net worth of $ 191.6 billion. Musk tweeted a second-place medal to Bezos earlier today.

Thanks to both Musk’s shares in Tesla and his majority stake in the private company SpaceX, of which he is CEO, Musk has accumulated great wealth.

Musk has made $ 8.6 billion since the market close on Friday and more than $ 52 billion so far this year, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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Tesla shares are also on the rise, as they rebound from a difficult year. They are up 13% year-to-date, far less than their gain of 743% in 2020. Still, it’s a big improvement since they were down 22% on the year in May.

Musk received $ 0 in pay in 2020, according to a company report, but he did receive stock options during the year that are now worth $ 22 billion. And those options are worth a lot more because of the rising stock price.

Musk and Bezos, the two richest men on the planet, are in a billionaire space race. Even before he launched the first Inspiration4 space sightseeing mission in September, Musk’s SpaceX got huge NASA contracts and the United States Army and flew the most powerful rocket in operation.

Bezos, who founded Blue Origin in 2000, and the billionaire owner of Virgin, Richard Branson, they traveled into space last summer.

A June ProPublica report found that some billionaires, such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos, pay a minimum income tax compared to the vast majority of Americans, despite their immense wealth. Nothing revealed in the report was illegal.

Meanwhile, the US economy continues to recover from the covid-19 recession. Median household income fell 2.9% in 2020, to US $ 67,521, the first statistically significant decline since 2011. The employment report September marked the second month in a row that the economy added far fewer jobs than expected.

– Chris Isidore and Matt Egan contributed reporting.

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