Elon Musk has renewed his promise to ‘extend life to Mars’ following a huge growth in his personal fortune.
The Tesla and SpaceX founder’s wealth has swelled to an astonishing £167 billion ($230 billion).
Or a whopping 861 billion Dodgecoin, a cryptocurrency backed by the entrepreneur after he was reported to have invested millions.
Musk is now richer than Bill Gates and Warren Buffett combined, both individuals who had previously held the rich list title.
Bloomberg reported that the SpaceX deal alone added $11 billion (£8 billion) to Musk's wealth.
And with his newfound wealth, Musk has reiterated his pledge to establish a permanent human presence on Mars.
Matt Wallace’s tweeted: “Elon Musk (with a net worth equal to 861 billion #Dogecoin) is now richer than Bill Gates and Warren Buffett COMBINED! [mind blown emoji]”
To which Musk said: “Hopefully enough to extend life to Mars”
“Very very excited about seeing humans on Mars [heart-shaped eyes emoji]
“Have no doubt you will make it happen :)”, Wallace responded.
CEO investments, the creators of Dogecoin also responded backing Musk’s plans every step of the way.
The SpaceX Mars program was initiated by Musk in order to colonize Mars after he first conceptualised the project back in 2001.
SpaceX's aspirational goal has been to land the first humans on Mars by 2024, but in October 2020 Elon Musk named 2024 as the goal for an uncrewed mission.
Elon Musk said that he is highly confident that the first crewed flights to Mars will happen in 2026.
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