Elon Musk, the chief government of Tesla and SpaceX World’s Richest
is now the richest particular person on the planet.
A rise in Tesla’s share worth on Thursday pushed Mr. Musk previous Jeff Bezos, the founding father of Amazon, on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a rating of the world’s 500 wealthiest folks.
Mr. Musk’s web price was $188.5 billion at 10:15 a.m. in New York on Thursday, $1.5 billion greater than that of Mr. Bezos. Mr. Musk’s wealth has elevated by greater than $150 billion over the previous 12 months, due to a rally in Tesla’s share worth, which surged 743 p.c in 2020. The carmaker’s shares rose as a lot as 6 p.c on Thursday.
Mr. Musk, a South African-born entrepreneur, wouldn’t have been capable of edge out Mr. Bezos — who has held the title of the richest particular person on the planet since Oct. 2017 — have been it not for Mr. Bezos’ philanthropy, together with his donation of $680 million price of Amazon shares in November, in addition to his divorce, which induced him to relinquish about 25 p.c of his inventory within the e-commerce large to MacKenzie Scott, his ex-wife.
However the rally in Tesla’s inventory worth was additionally propelled by the corporate’s success final 12 months. Tesla delivered practically 500,000 automobiles in 2020 as gross sales rose 36 p.c from the 12 months earlier than. The corporate reported income within the final 4 quarters, and its inventory was added to the S&P 500 index.