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    Elon Musk Gets $2 Billion Richer After Tesla’s Surprise Earnings Report

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    Tesla said in its third-quarter report last week that it had earnings of $1.86 per share on an adjusted basis, far exceeding analysts’ expectations and sending its stock soaring.

    Elon Musk has apparently added $2 billion to his net worth after the electric car maker Tesla posted surprise profits.

    The 48-year-old Tesla CEO and co-founder owns about 22 percent of the company’s outstanding stock. Tesla’s shares rose by 24 percent in the week after it reported third-quarter adjusted earnings per share of $1.86 and $312 million in profit – after losing a total of $1.1 billion in the previous two quarters.

    Wall Street analysts had projected a loss of 46 cents per share, so Tesla’s stock price skyrocketed, meaning that Musk’s net worth grew by nearly $2 billion to $22.9 billion. 

    He is now ranked the 21st richest person in the world, according to the Forbes 400 list, right between chocolate tycoon John Mars and hedge fund manager Jim Simons.

    Musk — currently on a break from Twitter — also owns an estimated $12.5 billion stake in the rocket company SpaceX.

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