Elon Musk now trails Jeff Bezos as richest man by just R46 billion

Elon Musk now trails Jeff Bezos as richest man by just R46 billion

- Elon Musk may very soon catch up with the current richest person in the world, Jeff Bezos, as his nett worth keeps on increasing

- In no time, the Tesla chief executive officer may become the world's richest man as he currently trails Bezos by $3 billion (R46 billion)

- In spite of the pandemic that made 2020 a hellish year for many businesses around the world, the year came with lots of blessings for Musk

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Billionaire businessman Elon Musk may soon become the richest person in the whole world as he now trails Jeff Bezos after his nett worth soared to $184.5 billion (R46 billion).

According to a report by the reputable Daily Mail, Musk became the second-richest person in the world after a surge in the price of Tesla shares.

Briefly.co.za gathers that Tesla's stock price jumped 4.9 per cent on Wednesday, January 6, making it possible for Musk to trail behind Bezos by "only" $3 billion (R46 billion).

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Elon Musk now trails Jeff Bezos by just $3billion and is on track to become the world's richest person

Elon Musk is trailing Jeff Bezos by just $3 billion. Photo credit: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz, Mukherjee/Bloomberg
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Bezos' nett worth is $187 billion (R874 billion) and the Amazon chief executive officer (CEO) has held the awesome title of the richest person in the world since 2017.

Recall that despite the pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the entire world's economies, 2020 was a great year for Musk, who was the 35th richest person in the world in January at the beginning of the momentous year.

Tesla delivered 499,550 vehicles in 2020, just 450 short of Musk's target of half a million vehicles.

In a previous report by Briefly.co.za, Mzansi peeps had plenty to say on the wealth of South African-born billionaire Elon Musk.

Musk had just been announced to be the second wealthiest person in the world, coming in after Jeff Bezos, who is firmly in the number one spot with a nett worth of over $182 billion. Musk trails behind Bezos with a nett worth of $128 billion.

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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 ever does for the country.

@iamkoshiek said:

"It's difficult to imagine Trevor Noah, Charlize Theron or Elon Musk ever reaching this level of success living in South Africa."

@TiagoCreative said:

"When will you guys stop putting South Africa and Elon Musk in the same sentence?"

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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