Tesla Inc chief and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk surpassed Amazon.com Inc’s top boss Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest man, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.
Including Thursday’s gains in Tesla shares, Musk, 49, had a net worth of more than US$188.5 billion, $1.5 billion more than Bezos, the report said.
Musk’s personal wealth has been boosted by last year’s more than eight-fold surge in the shares of Tesla, which became the world’s most valuable carmaker.
He has a 20% stake in the carmaker and about $42 billion of unrealized paper gains on vested stock options, according to the Bloomberg report.
Tesla shares were up as much as 7.4% on Thursday at a record high of $811.61.
The Forbes Billionaires List, however, said Musk still trails Amazon’s Bezos by $7.8 billion.