Elon Musk is now the richest person in the world, with a net worth of $191 Billion. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO has reportedly become the world’s richest person, surpassing Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, after his net worth rose to about $191 billion.
The publication said Musk’s personal wealth was boosted by last year’s more than eight-fold surge in the shares of Tesla, which became the world’s most valuable carmaker. He has a 20% stake in the carmaker and about $42bn (R647bn) of unrealised paper gains on vested stock options.
The Forbes Billionaires List, however, said Musk still trails Amazon’s Bezos by $7.8bn (R120bn). It took into account his Tesla stocks that he pledged as collateral for personal loans.
Musk’s wealth sparked a debate between ANC stalwart Derek Hanekom and DA MP Cameron MacKenzie late last year, when Hanekom suggested that the billionaire should invest in “the land of his birth”.
Musk dominated the local Twitter trends list on Thursday after the news of him topping the world’s rich list, with many sharing memes and messages in reaction to the news.
While Musk left SA while still a teen, many brought up his SA heritage and said it was great to see him succeed.
Others just wanted him to “come home” so they could breath the same air as the world’s richest man.
Can Elon Musk come back home to mzansi? So we can atleast breathe the same air with the richest human being in the world pic.twitter.com/sQZF8WdbrN
— ㄥ乇乇 (@IamLeeCore) January 7, 2021
As a young man with dreams , i have to say , you are an inspiration to me , all the way from south africa 🙌🏽🕯💯 @elonmusk
— wiseman Nxumalo (@wisemannhlanhl4) January 7, 2021
— Big C (@bigbosschad) January 7, 2021
Elon Musk…. 😲😲😲South Africans taking over the world🕯🙏
— SETHU (@Psyfopro_) January 7, 2021