Elon Musk founded the SpaceX aerospace enterprise in 2002 – a year before Tesla – with the intent of colonizing Mars. After 20 years, the red planet has not yet been colonized, but the spacecraft factory has made Elon Musk the richest man in the world, with 223 billion. In Bloomberg’s rankings, Amazon owner Jeff Bezos fell relentlessly to second place, with $ 191.6 billion. Its assets have remained essentially stable from 2020, as have Amazon shares. Bill Gates for his part suffered the backlash of the divorce from Melinda. Not to mention Zuckerberg, who in the first week of October saw his fortune drop by six billion dollars due to the downturn of Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram.
But if Elon flies, his ultra billionaire colleagues certainly do not cry misery. Bloomberg also calculates that the massive injection of liquidity into the economy by central banks in the year of the pandemic has increased the wealth of the richest by $ 742 billion in 2021 alone, and the year has yet to end. Meanwhile, the only man in the world with more than $ 200 billion in personal assets is completing the move of his Tesla from Silicon Valley to Texas.
California alone is the fifth largest economy in the world, but the high cost of housing ($ 834,000 the average price of a family home in the state and $ 1.66 million in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Santa Clara) and the huge tax burden they are making a place less attractive than in the past for innovative companies. A puts the burden of nineties on the lesser attractiveness of the southwestern state of the United States, the dramatic fires of recent years. The move from Palo Alto to Austin is not the end of Tesla’s presence in California, Musk says. Also the billionaire, says that in the Bay Area “there is no room to climb”. In any case, California remains – for now – a hotbed of talents and innovative startups, thanks above all to its prestigious universities and research centers. The migration of companies even so symbolically important represents a wake-up call not to become a really difficult environment for new talents.