The rivalry between Earth’s two richest men continues with Elon Musk trolling Jeff Bezos as the SpaceX boss grabbing the top slot in the global rich list again.
This week the Tesla and SpaceX CEO became the third person in the world to to reach a net worth of $200 billion, according to Forbes.
Musk has sent his space travel rival a silver medal and a ‘giant statue’ shaped like the number two after edging past the Amazon boss.
In an email, Musk said: "I'm sending a giant statue of the digit '2' to Jeffrey B., along with a silver medal."
The two have been neck-and-neck in the wealth stakes for years, and their bitter rivalry has even spilled over into space.
Musk’s wealth has been boosted by the rising value of shares in his electric vehicle company Tesla. The shares are currently trading almost $800 – the highest they have been since February this year.
Earlier this year, Bezos’s rocket company, Blue Origin, lodged a legal complaint against NASA after the space agency opted to award the $2.9 billion contract for its next-generation Moon rocket to SpaceX. Musk responded by tweeting that Bezos, “Can’t get it up (to orbit) lol.”
He added: “I think [Bezos] should put more of his energy toward getting to orbit than on lawsuits”.
Musk may be worth billions but he lives comparatively simply.
He recently sold his six sprawling mansions and now lives in a 400-square foot rental unit.
He’s newly single as well, having announced earlier this week that he is “semi-separated” from Canadian singer Grimes, although he has stressed that he intends to continue to co-parent their son, interestingly named one-year-old X Æ A-Xii Musk.
He explained that it’s his work schedule that has led to the separation.
“We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms,” He told Page Six.
“It’s mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas and her work is primarily in LA. She’s staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room.”
For his part, Bezos is currently dating TV presenter Lauren Sanchez. He split from his wife MacKenzie Scott in July 2019, with a divorce settlement that made her one of the richest women in the world.
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