Elon Musk overtakes Jeff Bezos as the world's richest person thanks to Tesla's surging stock

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  • Elon Musk briefly surpassed Jeff Bezos as the richest person on the planet on Thursday.
  • The Tesla and SpaceX CEO’s fortune soared as high as $184 billion on Thursday, outstripping the Amazon chief’s fortune, according to calculations based on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
  • Musk’s wealth derives from his roughly 20% Tesla stake and 48% SpaceX stake, as well as 57 million exercisable Tesla stock options, Bloomberg says.
  • The Tesla chief has added more than $150 billion to his fortune in the past year, after shares in his electric-vehicle company rocketed up 740% in 2020.
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Elon Musk briefly overtook Jeff Bezos as the world’s wealthiest person for the first time on Thursday, based on calculations using the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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Tesla shares shot up as much as 5% on Thursday, boosting the net worth of its CEO to north of $184 billion. However, Amazon’s shares eventually climbed as much as 2%, lifting Bezos’ fortune even higher.

The Bloomberg Billionaires Index listed Musk and Bezos’ fortunes as $181 billion and $184 billion respectively as of Wednesday’s close. The rankings are set to be updated after trading ends for the day. 

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Musk’s wealth on paper reflects his roughly 20% stake in Tesla and 48% stake in SpaceX, as well as 57 million vested Tesla stock options, Bloomberg says. Bezos’ net worth largely derives from his 11% stake in Amazon.

The Tesla CEO’s fortune has ballooned by more than $150 billion in the past year, Bloomberg said, after the electric-vehicle company’s stock price rocketed up 740% in 2020.

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Musk and Bezos have left other billionaires in their rearview mirrors. The world’s third-richest person, Bill Gates, was worth $132 billion as of Wednesday’s close.

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