Jan 7, 2021 - Economy

Elon Musk overtakes Jeff Bezos as richest person in the world

Elon Musk poses for photos with two thumbs up and a quizzical look

Elon Musk gestures as he arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Awards ceremony in Berlin on Dec. 1. Photo: Britta Pedersen/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Tesla CEO Elon Musk saw his net worth grew to over $185 billion as of Thursday, surpassing Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as the world's richest man, CNBC reports.

The big picture: Tesla's stock price skyrocketed in 2020, making the electric car company more valuable than the world's top seven traditional automakers in a year marked by massive economic turmoil. The outspoken CEO responded Thursday to the news that he was now the world's richest man, tweeting: "How strange ... well, back to work."

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