The fortune of 50-year-old Elon Musk is close to $ 300 billion. Thus, the founder of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla became the richest person in the history of Forbes rankings.
Forbes estimates that Musk was worth $ 271.3 billion at the close of trading on Monday, up $ 41.7 billion from Friday. This was due to a 13 percent rise in Tesla shares.
Before Musk, the richest man in the world was Amazon founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos. Earlier this month, he topped the Forbes list with a fortune of $ 201 billion. As of Monday, his fortune is $ 193 billion.
When Forbes first began counting the fortunes of billionaires in 1982, the richest man in America was ship tycoon Daniel Ludwig. Then his fortune was two billion dollars, which is now equivalent to 5.5 billion dollars.
The bulk of Musk's fortune is a 21 percent stake in Tesla. He also owns a minority stake in SpaceX, which he founded in 2002. Most recently, this business was valued by investors at $ 74 billion.