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Forbes magazine has a real-time wealth counter and Elon Musk, founder of the company Tesla, Space X and a cryptocurrency investor, is the first to appear on that list.
Recently this place was occupied by Jeff Bezos, founder of the largest e-commerce site in the Americas: Amazon.
The latter wrote on Sunday, October 9, how proud he was of Amazon’s success, to which Elon Musk responded via Twitter with a silver medal, clearly referring to the fact that it doesn’t matter what he does, neither Bezos, nor anyone else. Musk remains the richest man in the world with a fortune of $ 203 billion dollars (203 billion pesos).
The owner of Space X and Hyperloop was placed in that place since Friday, October 8, when his fortune reached $ 222 billion dollars (222 billion pesos), which, according to the Businesshala.com site, is double from last year.
Jeff Bezos, who also explores space through his company Blue Origin, had on the same Friday, a fortune of $ 191 billion dollars (191 billion pesos). On the real-time fortune counter, the owner of Amazon has $ 189 billion in net worth.
Why did Musk beat Bezos? It is due to the increase in the market value of his company Tesla Motors and the consolidation of projects with NASA and the United States government, of his aerospace company Space X.
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Both have been at different times, in recent months, the richest people in the world, which has unleashed a natural competition between these two giants of the global technology industry.
This competition is very evident in social networks, where Musk has questioned the monopoly of Amazon in book publishing and Bezos has criticized Musk’s interest in colonizing Mars.
Additionally, competition will increase in the coming months as Amazon acquired an autonomous vehicle startup that could compete with Tesla.
Their rivalry extends into space, where Bezos is the owner of the private rocket company. Blue Origin LLC, with which he arrived in July at the edge of space, aboard New Shepard. The flight was part of a company-wide mission to expand manned space travel.
Nevertheless, Blue origin has faced criticism for alleged cases of sexual and security harassment.
The two richest technological rivals in the world share not only the desire to go into space or to be leaders in electric cars, but also their love for evade taxes to increase their fortunes.
Last June, the journalistic investigation site, ProPublic, published that Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos pay minimal amounts of Income Tax despite their immense fortune.