Elon Musk surpasses Jeff Bezos to become world's richest person

Jan 8 2021, 9:59 am

Tesla founder Elon Musk has surpassed Amazon’s Jeff Bezos as the richest person in the world.

Tesla’s share price saw an increase on Thursday big enough to push Musk past Bezos on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

The index pegs Musk’s net worth at US $195 billion. Bezos now sits at US $185 billion.

They’re followed, in order, by Microsoft’s Bill Gates, luxury brand businessman Bernard Arnault, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

Musk founded both Tesla and SpaceX, and is married to singer Grimes. They share one child.

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