CEO of Tesla Inc. and SpaceX, Elon Musk, has become the richest person as his net worth crossed $185bn.
He takes the top spot from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who had held it since 2017.
The South Africa-born engineer’s electric car company Tesla has surged in value this year, and hit a market value of $700bn (£516bn) for the first time on Wednesday.
That makes the car company worth more than Toyota, Volkswagen, Hyundai, GM and Ford combined.
He reacted to the news in style, replying to a Twitter user sharing the news with the remark “how strange”.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021