Elon Musk’s wealth surged by $36 billion, the largest single-day gain Bloomberg’s ever recorded

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is the world’s richest person by a nearly $US100 ($AU134) billion margin. picture alliance / Getty Images
  • Elon Musk’s net worth jumped to $US288.6 ($AU385) billion on Monday, according to Bloomberg.
  • Tesla’s market value surged 13%, passing $US1 ($AU1) trillion for the first time and bolstering Musk’s fortune.
  • Musk is now nearly $US100 ($AU134) billion wealthier than Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

It’s been quite the day for Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk.

The early-morning announcement that Hertz intends to buy 100,000 Teslas for its rental fleet kicked off a spectacular rally that sent the company’s market capitalization and its top executive’s net worth soaring to new heights.

Tesla’s share price surged nearly 13% on Monday, bringing the automaker’s market cap to just over $US1 ($AU1) trillion for the first time. Musk ended the day $US36.2 ($AU48) billion richer in the largest single-day gain that Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index has ever recorded.

Bloomberg now estimates Musk’s net worth at $US288.6 ($AU385) billion. His wealth has now eclipsed Toyota’s $US282 ($AU377) billion market value. He’s also worth significantly more than Tesla rivals like General Motors ($US83.9 ($AU112) billion) and Ford ($US62.8 ($AU84) billion).

“Wild $T1mes!,” Musk said on Twitter after markets closed Monday.

Musk owns roughly 20% of Tesla, and that stake is the primary driver of his wealth, which also funds ventures like the Boring Company and SpaceX. The eccentric CEO receives vast amounts of stock options from a complex pay package that pays out when Tesla reaches certain financial milestones. Musk gained $US8 ($AU11) billion in wealth on Monday after Tesla announced that he had unlocked a new batch of stock, according to Bloomberg.

Musk first passed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to become the world’s wealthiest person in January. They’ve traded places a few times since. Now Musk has cemented a nearly $US100 ($AU134) billion lead over Bezos, whose fortune was a paltry $US192.6 ($AU257) billion at market close, Bloomberg estimates.