Elon Musk passes Mark Zuckerberg and becomes world's third richest person

Elon Musk is having a busy week.

A possible Covid-19 infection meant he was forced to miss the launch of four astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket.

But the acceptance of Tesla onto a stock market index yesterday meant his wealth soared by $15 billion. Or, roughly $170,000 (£128,000) per second.

The extra wealth brings Musk’s total net worth up to $117.5 billion – according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

In the process, Musk jumped past fellow tech billionaire Mark Zuckerberg to become the world’s third richest person.

Only Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates have amassed more wealth.

Tesla, the electric car company that Musk oversees when not on SpaceX duty has a value of over $400 billion and is widely credited with kick-starting the electric car market.

Tesla will officially be included on the US S&P 500 on December 21.

Despite his immense fortune, Musk said back in May that he is planning to sell ‘almost all’ of his possessions.

When asked why, the tech genius simply said that he was devoting himself to Mars and Earth.

‘Posession[sic] just weigh you down,’ he said.

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