Elon Musk becomes world’s richest person as wealth tops $185bn

Elon Musk has become the world’s richest person, as his net worth crossed $185bn.

The Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur was pushed into the top slot after Tesla’s share price increased on Thursday.

He takes the top spot from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who had held it since 2017.

Musk’s electricity car company Tesla has surged in value this year, and hit a market value of $700bn for the first time on Wednesday.

This makes Tesla worth more than Toyota, Volkswagen, Hyundai, ford and GM combined.

Musk reacted to the news in signature style, replying to a Twitter user sharing the news with the remark “how strange”.

An older tweet pinned tot eh top of his feed offered insight into his thoughts on personal wealth.

“About half my money is intended to help problems on Earth, and half to help establish a self-sustaining city on Mars to ensure continuation of life (of all species) in case Earth gets hit by a meteor like the dinosaurs or WW3 happens and we destroy ourselves,” it reads.

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