'How strange': Elon Musk on becoming world's richest man
The man behind Tesla Inc and SpaceX, Elon Musk, is now the richest person in the world, beating Amazon's Jezz Bezos. The man himself finds the feat "strange."
Bezos has held the spot of the richest person in the world since 2017. According to Bloomberg, on Thursday, the electric automaker's shares surged 7.9%, taking his net worth to $194.8 billion or $9.5 billion more than Bezos on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
When a Twitter account called 'Tesla Owners of Silicon Valley' shared the news of the 49-year-old entrepreneur becoming the world's richest person, Musk replied, "How strange." In a subsequent tweet he added, "Well, back to work ..."
Over the past year, while the world reeled under the effects of the the COVID-19 pandemic, Musk added $165.5 billion to his wealth.
The entrepreneur had long ago made it clear that he has no interest in material things. In a 2018 tweet, he explained, "About half my money is intended to help problems on Earth & half to help establish a self-sustaining city on Mars to ensure continuation of life (of all species), in case Earth gets hit by a meteor-like the dinosaurs or WW3 happens & we destroy ourselves."