South African-born entrepreneur Elon Musk’s net worth topped US$100-billion on Friday, according to the Forbes real-time billionaires list, as the shares of electric-car maker Tesla see a more than fivefold surge in value this year.
A large chunk of his wealth comes from the 21% stake in Tesla, according to Forbes. Tesla shares, which went public at $17 apiece in 2010, rose as much as 3.5% in morning trade to a record high of $2 318.49.
The company became the world’s most valuable carmaker by market capitalisation on 1 July when it overtook front runner Toyota and has over the last 10 years made many of its retail investors millionaires.
Musk is now part of an elite club of just four others with twelve-digit net worth. His $100-billion (or R1.66-trillion), however, is just about half the net worth of the world’s richest man and Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, according to Forbes.
Musk, who co-founded and sold Internet payments company PayPal, now leads some of the most futuristic companies in the world.