Tesla and SpaceX brainbox Elon Musk has overtaken Amazon giant Jeff Bezos as the richest man on the planet. Musk is now worth a whopping £136 billion, overtaking Amazon entrepreneur Bezos’ highly enviable wealth of £135 billion.An increase in Tesla’s share price on Thursday, January 7, pushed Musk past Jeff Bezos.Bezos had been the world’s richest person since 2017.Musk is a Tesla Inc chief and billionaire entrepreneur, known for pioneering commercial space travel and electric cars, among other innovations.
He is often seen as one of this generation’s great public scientific minds, in the mold of Albert Einstein of Nikola Tesla, after which his company is named.Musk is also the real-life inspiration for Robert Downey Jr’s portrayal of Tony Stark in Iron Man.Bezos is Amazon.com Inc’s top boss, having aggressively built the delivery company up from an online book seller to a global giant selling a variety of goods and turning over billions of dollars every week.
Tesla produced just over half a million cars last year, a fraction of those produced by Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co, Bloomberg reports.
And the company is set for yet more gains in the near future with the US Democratic party effectively gaining control of Congress on Wednesday after securing both Senate seats in Georgia.The Democratic Party has previously championed a quicker adoption of electric cars to curb carbon emissions.