Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no longer competing with billionaires on his list of the world’s richest, as he tweets solo out of the fray, looking like he’ll make a new rich history.
Elon Musk added more than $6 billion to his fortune last Friday, equaling the combined fortunes of billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, who were once at the top of the list of the world’s richest people.
The 50-year-old has a net worth of $236 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Gates is in fourth place, with a net worth of $130 billion, and Buffett is in tenth place, with a net worth of $102 billion.
Both Gates and Buffett previously held the mantle of the world’s richest person. While Musk recently surpassed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for the first time to become the richest man in the world in January with a net worth of $185 billion, then Bezos has retained his title as the world’s richest person since 2017.
Musk has added more than $66 billion to his fortune this year thanks to a strong performance in Tesla stock as well as a recent funding round in SpaceX, which valued the company at $100 billion. This valuation added $11 billion to Musk’s net worth individually.
Bezos, who was recently mocked by Musk when the Tesla CEO tweeted a silver medal emoji on him, remains the second richest person on earth with a net worth of $197 billion.
It is reported that only on Friday, Bezos added $ 6.8 billion to his fortune due to the rise in Amazon shares, and the frenzy of US stock prices.
Of course, Gates and Buffett would have been much closer to Musk in the wealth rankings had it not been for the pair’s charitable giving. Both have donated tens of billions of dollars to charitable causes over the years, while Musk has been criticized for not giving away more of his vast fortune.
Musk previously said he prefers to remain anonymous when donating money, and earlier this year asked Twitter users for “critical comments” about ways to donate.
This year, Musk also pledged $150 million — including a $100 million prize in a decarbonization competition — a number that Recode estimates is larger than all of his previous charitable donations.