Elon Musk Becomes World's Second-Richest Person as He Overtakes Bill Gates
The Tesla founder, 49, is now listed higher than the Microsoft founder, 65, on the coveted Bloomberg Billionaires Index after Musk saw his net worth rise by $7.2 billion.
Both men are currently worth $128 billion, but Musk is ranked second while Gates is third.
In 2020, Musk's net worth rose by $100.3 billion. He was ranked 35th on the list back in January, according to Bloomberg.
The top spot is still held by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who has a total net worth of $182 billion.
According to Bloomberg, Musk's financial surge came as Tesla's market share recently hit $500 billion, an all-time high for the electric automaker company.
This year alone, the company's stock is up more than 490%, according to CNBC.
Gates' net worth would likely be higher if not for his philanthropy. Earlier this year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a donation of $125 million toward potential COVID-19 vaccines.
Bezos, 56, also made a hefty contribution earlier this year, donating $100 million to Feeding America, a hunger-relief organization, in order to help families who rely on food banks and have been majorly impacted by the pandemic.
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