Elon Musk is at the moment the richest particular person on the planet, and he desires to ensure the world quantity two is aware of that.
The Tesla chief on Monday responded to a tweet by his rival Jeff Bezos with a silver medal emoji, as he left the Amazon founder additional behind within the race to be the world’s richest particular person.
Musk’s private wealth inflated to $222bn after the worth of the entrepreneur’s SpaceX surged, in accordance with the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Bezos has a internet price of $191.6bn.
The obvious jibe by Musk was in response to Bezos’ put up about an article from 1999, which criticised Amazon and predicted the e-commerce large’s fall. The article had described Bezos as “simply one other intermediary” and mentioned that the concept that he has “pioneered a brand new enterprise paradigm is foolish”.
The article didn’t age properly. Indicating this, Bezos wrote on Twitter on Sunday evening: “Pay attention and be open, however don’t let anyone let you know who you might be. As we speak, Amazon is without doubt one of the world’s most profitable corporations and has revolutionized two fully totally different industries.”
Whereas many, together with Netflix co-ceo Reed Hastings, responded positively to that tweet and even praised Bezos, Musk’s response garnered probably the most reactions. The truth is, his single-emoji tweet had obtained extra likes and retweets than the Amazon chief’s unique.
Musk overtook Bezos to turn out to be the world’s richest particular person earlier this yr. On Friday, Musk added $9bn to his wealth in a single day after an settlement with buyers noticed SpaceX’s worth rocket above $100bn.
This isn’t the primary time Musk has introduced a digital second place medal to Bezos. After surpassing the Amazon boss’ wealth, the SpaceX co-founder took a celebratory crack by telling Forbes in an e mail that he wish to ship Bezos an enormous silver medal.
“I’m sending an enormous statue of the digit ‘2’ to Jeffrey B, together with a silver medal,” Musk wrote in a brief e mail to Forbes in September.
The rivals have gone forwards and backwards because the richest individuals on this planet in latest months, and stay embroiled in a race to revolutionise the house business. The 2 have beforehand received into public spats with Musk calling Bezos a “copy cat” for his enterprise into house with Blue Origin.
Final yr, Amazon additionally ventured into the self-driving automobile enterprise by shopping for a startup that will compete with Musk’s Tesla.