Elon Musk is the second richest man in the world today, with net worth growing by more than $ 100 billion this year

He would laugh even if it was worth nearly $ 128 billion.

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Elon Musk topped his net worth with more than $ 100 billion this year, surpassing Bill Gates as the second richest person in the world.

That’s $ 127.7 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which on Monday ranked the CEO of Tesla Inc. for the first time – with assets of $ 127.9 billion – above Gates.

Musk benefited from a huge rise in Tesla shares, which has risen more than 520% ​​to date. Tesla TSLA,
+ 6.58%
it rose more than 6% to a record high of $ 521.85 in trading on Monday, closing the day with market capitalization of around $ 464 billion. This equated to a $ 7.2 billion one-day Musk net wealth gain.

Musk started the year in 35th place in the index.

Bloomberg noted Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp. MSFT,
it would probably be higher if it had not transferred more than $ 27 billion of its assets to the Gates Foundation since 2006.

Amazon.com Inc. AMZN,
CEO Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest individual, with assets of $ 182 billion, according to Bloomberg, more than $ 67 billion this year.