World’s richest man, Elon Musk, sending Bezos silver medal


Tesla CEO Elon Musk — who’s now value over $210 billion and has surpassed Jeff Bezos to turn into the world’s richest particular person — mentioned he’ll ship the Amazon founder a silver medal and a “giant statue” of the quantity 2.

“I’m sending a giant statue of the digit ‘2’ to Jeffrey B., along with a silver medal,” Musk wrote in an email to Forbes.

Musk and Bezos have been buying and selling locations because the world’s wealthiest particular person for months as their on-paper billions change quickly together with the stock costs of their firms.

Musk’s present fortune as of Tuesday’s end-of-day stock costs stood at a whopping $213 billion, topping Bezos’ $197 billion, in accordance with Bloomberg’s billionaires index.

Musk has added greater than $43 billion to his internet value since Jan. 1, in accordance with the index, whereas Bezos has added fewer than $7 billion this year.

In addition to dueling for the title of world’s richest particular person, Musk and Bezos have clashed over their area ambitions.

This summer time, Bezos flew to suborbital area on ten-minute extensively watched launch together with his company Blue Origin.

Musk has criticized Blue Origin — and different rival Virgin Galactic — for investing a lot in suborbital launches, which he says pale compared to the challenges of reaching orbit.

While Musk himself hasn’t but traveled to area, SpaceX just lately launched 4 civilian astronauts into area for a three-day journey and efficiently returned them to Earth — the primary mission of its form.

Jeff Bezos is value $197 billion.
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And behind the scenes, the 2 firms have been in a heated, multiyear contest for US authorities contracts.

In April, NASA awarded a $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX, passing up on a bid by Blue Origin.

And final month, Bezos’ company sued the area company, alleging that it unfairly awarded the contract to Musk’s agency.

Musk responded by saying that Bezos’ Blue Origin ought to spend extra time designing and constructing rockets and fewer time suing SpaceX.

“If lobbying [and] lawyers could get [you] to orbit, Bezos would be on Pluto [right now],” Musk wrote in a Twitter reply.

Blue Origin, in the meantime, has launched infographics in current weeks that decision SpaceX’s Starship rocket harmful and level out it’s “a launch vehicle that has never flown to orbit and is still being designed.”

Separately, Bezos-owned Amazon has filed a criticism in opposition to SpaceX with the Federal Communications Commission, urging the regulator to reject the company’s plan to launch extra satellites as a part of its satellite tv for pc web business.

In return, Musk publicly mocked Bezos, who stepped down from his position as CEO of Amazon this summer time.

“Turns out Besos [sic] retired in order to pursue a full-time job filing lawsuits against SpaceX…” Musk wrote on Twitter in August — misspelling Bezos’ identify, as an alternative writing the Spanish phrase for “kisses.”

For Bezos’ half, he has mocked plans to colonize Mars, a key SpaceX ambition.

“My friends who want to move to Mars, I say, do me a favor and go live on the top of Mount Everest for a year first, and see if you like it, because it’s a garden paradise compared to Mars,” Bezos told SpaceNews in 2019.