Elon Musk surpasses Jeff Bezos to become world’s richest person
Elon Musk is now the richest person in the world with a net worth surpassing $185 billion – dethroning Jeff Bezos from the position.
The 49-year-old entrepreneur’s net worth hit $186bn, making him $1.5bn richer than Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who had held the top spot since October 2017.
Tesla CEO Musk responded to the news of his status as the world’s richest person with tweets stating “how strange” and “well, back to work …”
Musk said he intended to use half of his fortune to “help problems on Earth” and “half to help establish a self-sustaining city on Mars to ensure continuation of life (of all species) in case Earth gets hit by a meteor like the dinosaurs or WW3 happens & we destroy ourselves”.
In a series of tweets that the South African-born billionaire pinned to the top of his timeline, Musk said the reason why he wants lots of money was “not what you think”. He said he had “very little time for recreation” and doesn’t have “vacation homes or yachts or anything like that”.