The richest man on the planet has changed

The founder of the space company SpaceX and Tesla CEO Ilon Musk came out on top in the Forbes Real-Time ranking of the richest people in the world, which is updated in real time.

Musk's estimated wealth topped $200 billion at $203.4 billion. Forbes estimated the capitalization of former leader Jeff Bezos at $197.7 billion.

Bloomberg's ranking of billionaires also gives Musk first place, but estimates his fortune at $213 billion.

Forbes attributes Musk's rising fortune to the success of Tesla and Space X: the market capitalization of the former rose to $792 billion on Monday, and SpaceX was valued at $74 billion during the next round of financing in February.

Forbes and Bloomberg jointly estimated Musk overtook Bezos to become the world's richest businessman for the first time this year on Jan. 7. On that day, his fortune rose by $9 billion to $186.5 billion. Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimated Musk's fortune at over $200 billion.

However, on January 12, the businessmen swapped places in the rankings again: Musk became the second with $176.2 billion and Bezos took the first line with an estimate of the state of $182.2 billion.

In five days of leading the list of the world's richest men, Musk changed a post on his Twitter page, fixed from 2018, in which he promised to devote half his fortune to building a city on Mars. In the new post, Musk promised to sell off all of his assets to colonize Mars. "In fact, I will have almost no property of monetary value left, other than company stock," he said. Musk previously said he expects to build a city of 1 million people on Mars by 2050.

In February 2021 Elon Musk was again at the top of the ranking, but only according to Bloomberg, while Forbes believed that he was still in second place. On February 23, Musk moved from the leading position in the Bloomberg ranking as well.


Tesla's stock price reached an all-time high of $900.4 per share in January 2021. This was followed by a pullback. In May, the stock returned to an uptrend and is now at its highest level since February 2021 at $791.36 as of 14:22 Moscow time on September 28.


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