Elon Musk is Now The Richest Person in HISTORY by Nearing $300 Billion Fortune

(source: Marca)

While the world crashes and burn, Elon Musk just reached an unprecedented levels of wealth.

Following the announcement that the rental car company Hertz was set to add a fleet of 100,000 Tesla vehicles, Tesla’s stock skyrocketed, surpassing $1 trillion in market value for the first time at over $1,000 per share.

Tesla now joins an elite club including Apple – which rises above the rest at $2.5 trillion – as well as Microsoft, Google’s parent company Alphabet, and Amazon.

Consequently, Musk’s own net worth reached record heights. At $255.2 billion, Forbes said, Musk could very well likely be “the richest person to ever walk the planet”.

Musk’s net worth is largely due to his 21 per cent stake in Tesla, which he helped launch almost 20 years ago.

He’s also wealthier than Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google co-founder Larry Page, who are ranked No.6 and No.7 on Forbes’ list.

The gap between him and Jeff Bezos has also widened since Musk surpassed the Amazon CEO in September, Bezos is estimated to be worth $194.1 billion.