Elon Musk mocks Jeff Bezos as he extends lead as world's richest man

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New York Post 11 October, 2021 - 12:25pm 12 views

Elon Musk pokes fun at Jeff Bezos with a silver-medal emoji as the gap between the wealthiest men in the world widens

Business Insider 11 October, 2021 - 12:00am

Musk's reply harked back to a statement he made last month. After surpassing Bezos as the wealthiest man in the world, Musk told Forbes he'd send Bezos a silver medal and a giant statue of a 2.

Musk's tweet was in response to the Amazon founder's tweet on Sunday about the people who'd doubted the e-commerce giant in its early days.

"Today, Amazon is one of the world's most successful companies and has revolutionized two entirely different industries," Bezos said.

The wealth gap between Bezos and Musk has continued to widen. Last month, Musk became only the third person to have their wealth surpass $200 billion, Forbes said.

Last week, Musk's net worth jumped by about $11 billion, according to Bloomberg, as his space company became the second-most-valuable private company. SpaceX's valuation soared by 33% to pass $100 billion on Friday.

Over the past few years, Musk and Bezos have traded the title of wealthiest person back and forth. Musk is valued at about $223 billion, while Bezos' net worth is about $191 billion, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index.

The two billionaires have long been rivals. Earlier this year, Bezos' company Blue Origin called NASA's decision to award Musk's SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract for a lunar lander "unfair." Blue Origin brought the issue to federal court in August.

Also in August, Kuiper, an Amazon subsidiary, filed a protest letter with the Federal Communications Commission over SpaceX's plans to expand its Starlink satellite network. In response, Musk said Bezos had "retired to pursue a full-time job filing lawsuits against SpaceX."

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