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There is very little love lost between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
Even when you have an army of zeros to your net worth, pettiness remains the order of the day.
This brings us to the news that Musk has once again claimed the title of the world’s richest person, ousting Bezos earlier in the week.
With Tesla’s share price rising, its founder and CEO saw his net worth hit $213 billion at one stage, while Bezos was languishing around the $200 billion mark at the same time.
As of 8:30AM today here’s what the Forbes real-time billionaire tracker showed:
It must be wild knowing your net worth dropped a few billion in a day, and that hardly amounts to a scratch (’tis a flesh wound).
When Forbes reached out to Musk, a potential member of the ‘homeless billionaires’ club, to ask if he had any comments regarding his rise to the top, he said he would be sending Bezos a reminder.
“I’m sending a giant statue of the digit ‘2’ to Jeffrey B., along with a silver medal,” Musk told Forbes in an email.
You know things are getting serious when you refer to him as Jeffrey.
Musk also took a shot at Bezos during his 2021 Code Conference appearance yesterday, reports The Verge:
…“you cannot sue your way to the Moon, no matter how good your lawyers are.”
Musk was responding to a question from journalist Kara Swisher about how Bezos’ space company, Blue Origin, recently sued to block a contract NASA gave SpaceX to develop a lunar lander. Amazon has also protested SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites with the Federal Communications Commission.
Swisher asked Musk Tuesday if he has spoken to Bezos about the legal fights. “Not verbally, just… subtweets,” Musk said.
He would be referencing this zinger, I imagine:
Turns out Besos retired in order to pursue a full-time job filing lawsuits against SpaceX …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 27, 2021
There was also that time he poked fun at Bezos’ manhood.
At least Bezos took it in his stride, unlike a certain former president, who insisted on phoning his press secretary when the size and shape of his was questioned.
We live in interesting times.
As a parting gift, I heard this (slightly NSFW) song once and it instantly became lodged in my brain.
Share in my pain.
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