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Elon Musk topples Bill Gates to become second-richest person in the world

The 49-year-old entrepreneur's net worth soared $7.2 billion to $127.9 billion, driven by yet another surge in Tesla's share price

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Elon Musk | Tesla | Bill Gates

Devon Pendleton | Bloomberg 

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Musk has added $100.3 billion to his net worth this year, the most of anyone on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people | Photo: Bloomberg

Elon Musk’s year of dizzying ascents hit a new apex Monday as the Inc. co-founder passed to become the world’s second-richest person.

The 49-year-old entrepreneur’s net worth soared $7.2 billion to $127.9 billion, driven by yet another surge in Tesla’s share price. Musk has added $100.3 billion to his net worth this year, the most of anyone on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people. In January he ranked 35th.

His advance up the wealth ranks has been driven largely by Tesla, whose market value is approaching $500 billion.

About three-quarters of his net worth is comprised of shares, which are valued more than four times as much as his stake in Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX.

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Musk’s milestone marks only the second time in the index’s eight-year history that Microsoft Corp. co-founder Gates has ranked lower than number two. He held the top spot for years before being bumped by Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos in 2017. Gates’s net worth of $127.7 billion would be much higher had he not donated so prodigiously to charity over the years. He has given more than $27 billion to his namesake foundation since 2006.

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First Published: Tue, November 24 2020. 23:49 IST
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