Musk mocks Bezos with No. 2 medal as wealth gap widens
Elon Musk turned to Twitter on Monday to ridicule his competitor, Jeff Bezos, as the billionaire wealth gap between the two continues to grow.
In response to the Amazon founder’s tweet praising the company’s success despite its critics, Musk tweeted an emoji of a No. 2 medal, referring to Bezos’ current position as the world’s second-richest man. Musk recaptured the number one place last month, becoming the third individual to reach the $200 billion mark. Bezos’ fortune was estimated to be approximately $193 billion at the time.
According to Forbes’ real-time monitoring, Musk is the wealthiest person in the world, with about $203.6 billion, while Bezos is the wealthiest, with $189.7 billion.
In addition to their continuous fight for the title of the world’s richest man, the two have also battled for supremacy in the space sector.
Blue Origin has sued NASA over its decision to award a $2.9 billion contract entirely to SpaceX, claiming the firm was given preferential treatment in the agency’s procurement process for its Human Landing System programme.
In addition to the lawsuit, Blue Origin released an infographic criticising SpaceX’s Starship, claiming that the spacecraft would be an “immensely complex and high risk” for NASA because it has “never flown to orbit and is still being designed, and could take as many as 16 flights to fully fuel before each lunar landing.”
Musk has defended Starship’s capabilities, claiming that although 16 trips are “not an issue,” they are “very improbable.”
“The unfortunate thing is, even if Santa Claus made their hardware real for free, the first thing you’d want to do is cancel it,” Musk said in a subsequent tweet.
Musk also chastised Bezos when Amazon’s Kuiper satellite programme complained about SpaceX’s Starlink satellite system.
“Turns out Bezos retired to pursue a full-time career filing lawsuits against SpaceX,” Musk explained.
Musk’s new remark comes as Bezos arrives in West Texas ahead of Blue Origin’s next suborbital trip, which will carry William Shatner, 90, former NASA engineer and Planet Labs co-founder Dr. Chris Boshuizen, and Medidata co-founder and Dassault Systèmes’ Glen de Vries.
The flight, which will last around 11 minutes, is set to lift off from Launch Site One at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, following a weather delay.
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