Tesla CEO Elon Musk has given Amazon founder Jeff Bezos a silver medal, after the Tesla CEO’s victory over Bezos to become the world’s wealthiest person.
After Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted a message on overcoming hardship, Mr Musk responded with a witty silver medal emoji.
“Listen and be receptive, but don’t allow anybody tell you who you are or what you should be doing. “This was just one of the numerous articles warning us all the reasons we were going to fail,” Mr Bezos tweeted with a picture of a Barron’s cover story from 1999 in which Mr Bezos was referred to as “just another middleman,” according to the piece.
According to Mr Bezos, “Amazon is now one of the world’s most successful businesses, having revolutionized two very distinct sectors.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 11, 2021
A silver medal emoji was sent to Mr Bezos just after midnight by Mr Musk, who had vowed to do so now that Mr Musk is worth almost US$30 billion more than Mr Bezos. Mr Bezos had replied with a gold medal emoji shortly after midnight.
Mr Musk’s net worth increased significantly last week, in part as a result of the new US$100.3 billion value placed on his SpaceX corporation. The majority of his fortune is still linked to the performance of Tesla’s shares.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mr Musk now has a net worth of US$222 billion, while Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ net worth stands at US$191 billion.
Mr Musk had said that the tease will be released in the near future.
The number ‘2’ is being sent to Jeffrey B. in the form of a huge statue, accompanied with a silver medal, according to Elon Musk in an email to Forbes.
The tweet is the latest in a series of increasingly intense public exchanges between the world’s two wealthiest men, which has escalated in recent months.
Beyond competing for the title of wealthiest person on the planet, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are at odds over their respective space exploration plans.
This summer, Mr Bezos and his firm Blue Origin launched into suborbital space in a 10-minute launch that was extensively shown on television.
Mr Musk has criticized Blue Origin — as well as its competitor Virgin Galactic — for putting so much money on suborbital flights, which he believes are insignificant in compared to the difficulties of reaching space.
SpaceX just completed the first-ever mission of its type, in which it successfully sent four civilian astronauts into space for a three-day journey and returned them to Earth. Musk himself has not yet been to space.
Behind the scenes, the two firms have been engaged in a multi-year competition for contracts with the United States government.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 27, 2021
NASA granted a US$2.9 billion contract to SpaceX in April, beating out a competing proposal from Blue Origin Technologies.
Furthermore, Mr Bezos’ business filed a lawsuit against the space agency last month, claiming that the agency had unjustly granted the contract to Mr Musk’s company.
Mr Musk replied by stating that Bezos’ Blue Origin should devote more effort to the design and construction of rockets and less time to the litigation against SpaceX.
When asked about Bezos, Mr Musk responded with a tweet that said, “If lobbying and lawyers could get [you] into orbit, Bezos would be on Pluto [right now].”
Blue Origin, on the other hand, has produced infographics in recent weeks that characterize SpaceX’s Starship rocket as “hazardous” and point out that it is “a launch vehicle that has never flown into orbit and is currently in the design phase.”
The Bezos-owned Amazon has filed a complaint against SpaceX with the Federal Communications Commission, asking the agency to reject SpaceX’s proposal to launch more satellites as part of its satellite internet operation.
He responded by openly mocking Mr Bezos. Mr Bezos, the former CEO of Amazon, stepped down from his job earlier this summer.
“It turns out that Besos [sic] resigned in order to pursue a full-time career as a lawyer representing SpaceX in court…” Mr Musk wrote on Twitter in August, misspelling Mr Bezos’s name and substituting the Spanish term for “kisses” for the spelling mistake.
Mr Bezos, on the other hand, has ridiculed SpaceX’s ambitions to colonize Mars, which is a major goal of the company.
“If you want to live on Mars, I recommend that you first go live on the summit of Mount Everest for a year and see how you like it because it’s a garden paradise compared to Mars,” Mr Bezos said in a 2019 interview with SpaceNews.