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    The tech maverick recently unseated Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to become the world's richest person. Due to the spike in Tesla's share price, which jumped 4.8 percent on 7 January, Musk surpassed Bezos, who had held the top spot since 2017. At the moment of writing, Musk's net worth stands at $189.7 billion.

    Elon Musk said he would never refuse to get paid in bitcoins. The founder of Tesla and SpaceX responded to a tweet by author Ben Mezrich, who is known for his works "Bringing Down the House" and "The Accidental Billionaires", which were later turned into movies. Mezrich posted a statement on Saturday saying he will never turn down an offer of getting paid in bitcoin again. Musk agreed.

    ​The tech maverick, who has just become the world's richest person, is a fan of cryptocurrencies in general and bitcoin, in particular. At the end of December, Musk caused a stir after speculating that Tesla may convert its balance sheet to bitcoin. A week later Musk, whose company SpaceX plans to get humans to Mars, said the economy on the Red Planet could be based on cryptocurrencies.

    His new statement comes as bitcoin continues to record new highs. On 8 January, bitcoin smashed through the $41,000 mark, with its total value surpassing $750 billion. The combined cryptocurrency market has surged to $1 trillion.

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