What did Elon Musk say after surpassing Jeff Bezos as the richest person in the world?

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On September 27, Elon Musk became the third person in the world to ever own a fortune of $200 billion, as noted by Forbes . Tesla CEO also surpassed rival in the space field Jeff Bezos to become the richest billionaire on the planet.

When Forbes asked to comment on this achievement, Musk took action to celebrate his victory over the Amazon founder.

“I’m sending a giant figurine with the digit ‘2’ to Jeffrey B., with a silver medal attached,” Musk wrote in a short email.

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Elon Musk’s response to Forbes’ request for comment. Photo: Forbes

It’s not uncommon for Musk to mock Bezos. The famous eccentric CEO of Tesla used to joke on Twitter that Bezos was a “copycat” twice (using cat emoji). Musk first did this in April 2019 when Amazon announced plans to launch internet coverage satellites to compete with SpaceX. The second time was in June 2020, when Amazon acquired self-driving car company Zoox – a competitor to Tesla.

In recent years, the world’s two richest men have entered a race on two fronts: net worth and space ambitions.

In March 2020, Musk’s net worth was $24.6 billion – nearly $90 billion less than the Amazon founder. By August of the same year, Bezos became the first person to own a fortune of $ 200 billion when Amazon shares skyrocketed.

However, with the stock of electric car company Tesla increasing by 720% in 2020, Musk gradually shortened the wealth gap with Bezos. In January 2021, Tesla CEO became the richest person in the world for the first time, even for a short time.

The number one position on Forbes’ billionaires rankings in recent years has continuously changed with 3 names Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bernard Arnault. According to Forbes ‘ Real Time statistics, Musk still leads with $200.3 billion; followed by Jeff Bezos with $193.1 billion and Bernard Arnault with $174 billion.

A spokesperson for Bezos did not respond to Forbes’ request for comment.

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Both Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have ambitions in conquering the universe. Photo: Medium.

In space, Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000, while Musk introduced SpaceX in 2002. In July this year, Bezos successfully performed a flight to the edge of space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft . As the space race heats up, both billionaires don’t hesitate to express their dissent on Twitter and in speeches.

In August, Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin filed a lawsuit against the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in federal court because it awarded the contract to send people to the Moon to SpaceX. Immediately after the lawsuit, NASA decided to suspend cooperation with Elon Musk’s space technology company.

Not stopping there, the battle between Bezos and Musk also includes the race to build satellite Internet services in space.

On August 25, Amazon’s subsidiary filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a letter opposing SpaceX’s plan for a second-generation Starlink internet satellite network and highlighting the company’s adjustments. rival companies violate FCC rules. Six days later, SpaceX issued a response. Not only openly disparaging Amazon’s technical capabilities, SpaceX also accused the company of trying to hinder competitors to justify their own failures.

Even Elon Musk teased the world’s richest billionaire that “Turns out, Bezos retired to embark on a full-time lawsuit, against SpaceX”.

However, the competition of the two billionaires still shows the “fair play”. Ahead of Bezos’ space flight in July, Musk took to Twitter to wish him and the Blue Origin crew good luck. Two weeks ago, Bezos also congratulated Musk and SpaceX on the successful launch of the Inspiration4 spacecraft.

“Congratulations to Elon Musk and the SpaceX team on the successful launch of Inspiration4, another step towards a future where we can all reach space,” Bezos tweeted.

“Thank you,” Musk replied.

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