Elon Musk Is Richest By A Mile And Wants Jeff Bezos To Know It

On Twitter, Elon Musk responded to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with a silver medal emoji, a clear reference to their wealth.

Elon Musk Is Richest By A Mile And Wants Jeff Bezos To Know It
Elon Musk Is Richest By A Mile And Wants Jeff Bezos To Know It

After the gap between the world's two richest individuals widened last week due to the skyrocketing valuation of Musk's rocket business SpaceX, Tesla's co-founder responded to a tweet from Bezos early Monday with a silver medal emoji. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, his net worth has increased to $222 billion, while Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com Inc. has a net worth of $190.8 billion.

The remark heightens the public spat between the two billionaires, who are both attempting to transform the space business. Blue Origin is challenging a US government contract with SpaceX to build technology to re-land people on the moon, while Musk has previously called Bezos a "copy cat" for his e-commerce company's space-focused endeavours on Twitter. Amazon's satellite subsidiary also accused Musk and his companies of flouting regulations with a general mindset that "rules are for other people" in a recent filing with US regulators.

In his tweet late Sunday, Bezos posted an image of a 1999 article from Barron's that criticized Amazon and described it as one of many stories that predicted his company's demise: "Listen and be open, but don't let anybody tell you who you are. This was just one of the many stories telling us all the ways we were going to fail. Today, Amazon is one of the world's most successful companies and has revolutionized two entirely different industries."

According to Bloomberg's wealth index, Musk, 50, added $9 billion to his fortune on Friday after reaching a deal with investors that valued SpaceX at more than $100 billion, more than quadruple the size of Blue Origin. 
Musk still gets roughly three-quarters of his cash from Tesla, which he co-founded in 2003 after making a fortune from the $1.5 billion sale of e-commerce site PayPal to eBay Inc.