With a net worth of $ 236 billion, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is not only the richest person in the world, but he is worth as much as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett combined , according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Behind Musk is Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, with a net worth of $ 197 billion , as he celebrated by tweeting the silver medal emoji. Third is Bernard Arnault, owner of the LVMH group, with a net worth of more than $ 160 billion. Bill Gates is in fourth place with a fortune of $ 130 billion and you have to go down to the bottom of the top 10 to find tycoon Warren Buffett, with his net worth of $ 102 billion.
Before the CEOs of Tesla and SpaceX, Bezos, Gates and Buffett also held the title of richest person in the world. Musk now gets him thanks to the more than $ 60 billion he has added to his fortune , from the performance of Tesla shares, the sale of SpaceX shares valued at $ 100 billion. According to Bloomberg, the SpaceX deal added more than $ 10 billion to Musk’s net worth.
The key to this ranking could be philanthropic donations . Both Gates and Buffet are known for donating billions of dollars to charitable causes. For his part, Musk has preferred to keep a low profile when it comes to his solidarity contributions. However, this year he made his commitment to donate public – he pledged this year to donate $ 150 million, plus a $ 100 million prize in a contest aimed at removing carbon. According to Recode, this donation is equal to all charitable donations made by Musk in the past.
Criticism for space travel
It’s not all congratulations and praise for Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Recently, Prince William of England criticized the race to dominate space tourism that Musk, Bezos and Richard Branson are currently in.
As he pointed out in an interview with the BBC , the world’s brightest minds should focus all their efforts on finding solutions to the climate crisis facing the planet , rather than looking for other places to live.
It is not the first time that the three billionaires have received criticism for their space travel. Among other issues, they have been ugly when they talk about their commitment to the environment and the planet when their space rockets generate large amounts of greenhouse gases .