While we cheer for being able to save RM10 this week, Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk just became the third richest person in the world.
He surpassed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has a fortune of USD110.8 billion, and came behind Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates at number 2, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who is the richest man in the world with a fortune of USD200 billion.
According to Bloomberg, Musk’s wealth went up amidst the pandemic with Tesla’s stock split sending shares surging as much as 12%. This year alone, his fortune has grown up to USD87.8 billion, totalling USD115.4 billion.
However, even though he has amassed a mountain of wealth, Musk has spoken about his disinterest in his personal fortune. In May, he tweeted that he wanted to sell “almost all physical possessions” and that he “will own no house”.
You could say that Elon’s just on a Twitter rant again. However, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Musk’s girlfriend, Grimes defended his wealth.
She argued that he’s using his fortune to make the world a better place and it’s not like he’s using his billions to take vacation all day and “buy yachts”.
Musk has reportedly agreed to sell four of his properties in Los Angeles that was listed for a total of USD62.5 million to a luxury real estate developer.
He signed The Giving Pledge back in 2012, vowing to donate the majority of his wealth during his lifetime or in his will. In May, he tweeted that he doesn’t need all that cash and that he is “devoting himself to Mars and Earth”.