Johannesburg – Tesla Inc. the American electric vehicle and clean energy company based in Palo Alto, California share price climbed all through 2020 and has now helped their chief executive become the richest man in the world, surpassing Amazon.com Inc’s top boss Jeff Bezos.
According to Bloomberg News, on Thursday, the electric-automaker’s shares surged 7.9%, boosting Musk past Amazon.com Inc. founder Bezos on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s 500 wealthiest people.
Bloomberg said that Musk is worth $194.8 billion, or $9.5 billion more than Bezos, whose Blue Origin is a rival to Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Ltd., or SpaceX, in the private space race.
The South Africa-born engineer has added more than $165 billion to his fortune.
South Africans reacted to the news of a South African born becoming the richest man in the world.
Take a look at some of the tweets below:
— Concourt failed Makate💙🐄🐓🐧🌿 (@Spiwo) January 8, 2021
If anyone’s wondering what Elon Musk is doing with $190B : pic.twitter.com/bNlGuZCVf7
— Mohamed Enieb (@its_menieb) January 8, 2021
World's richest people 2021:
12.🇫🇷F. Bettencourt Meyers
— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) January 8, 2021
Elon Musk : take my credit card , buy me a coke and buy something for yourself.
— JUST SHERLOCK 🎧 (@Ntiamoah_locked) January 7, 2021
Don’t forget Elon Musk is from South Africa , and he studied at university of Pretoria… He’s now the richest man on Earth …
— Ndivhuwo Muhanelwa (@NOCHILL_GOD) January 7, 2021
Elon Musk must come back home to South Africa now… pic.twitter.com/WNXCpqXMgp
— HeNdRy™ (@hendrickmaduna) January 7, 2021
Elon Musk was a born in Pretoria, South Africa. His father Errol Musk owned an emerald mine in the then apartheid Zambia which funded the family's lavish lifestyle pic.twitter.com/IOpFg8vmDU
— Afro Updates (@updates_afro) January 7, 2021
I know y’all are afraid to say it but I’ll say it…South Africa is the richest person on Earth, mxm I mean Elon Musk pic.twitter.com/cRR5OYpuW5
— Ntando (@Just_Nandos) January 7, 2021
So Elon Musk can now buy the whole of South Africa , pic.twitter.com/CQqjRQ7f1A
— King (@TheKingOfLove_) January 8, 2021
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