- South Africans have shared mixed reactions to the news that Elon Musk is now the second-wealthiest person in the world
- While many of them celebrated Elon Musk's South African background, a lot of them questioned how he helps SA
- Soon the Twitter timeline was full of debates about whether or not South Africans should concern themselves with Musk's wealth
South African-born Elon Musk was just announced to be the second wealthiest person in the world, coming after Jeff Bezos who is firmly in the number one spot with a nett worth of over 182 billion US dollars.
Musk trails behind Bezos with a nett worth of 128 billion US dollars, which is a whopping R1.94 trillion rands.
Ever since the news broke that Musk had overtaken Bill Gates on the wealthiest people list, South Africans have had mixed views on the fact that he was born in South Africa. While many proudly claimed him, others questioned what he did for the country.
Read a few of their comments below.
"Elon Musk doesn't do sh*t for South Africa so why we happy?"
"It's difficult to imagine Trevor Noah, Charlize Theron or Elon Musk ever reaching this level of success living in South Africa."
"When will you guys stop putting South Africa and Elon Musk in the same sentence, the dude doesn't give shit about SA."
"What did South Africa do to contribute to Elon Musk's immense success? Fokol. And that is what he is returning. Seems fair to me."
Last week Briefly.co.za reported, Tesla's chief executive officer Elon Musk has now overtaken Bill Gates to become the second-richest person in the world.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the year 2020 has been a lucrative one for the wealthiest people in the world, who seemed to have been raking massive amounts of cash while the world was brought to a near standstill.
According to Bloomberg, Musk now has a net worth of $127.9 billion. This is largely due to the surge in Tesla's share price. Briefly.co.za notes that the billionaire added $100.3 billion to his net worth in 2020.
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