It was quite ‘strange’ to say the least.
Tesla’s shares rose more than 20% in one week, raising Elon Musk’s personal net worth to $195 billion, $10 billion more than former world’s richest man Jeff Bezos, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index on January 8.
When Tesla Owners of Silicon Valley tweeted the news, Musk’s response was just six words, “How strange,” followed by “Well, back to work…”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
His response was a pitch-perfect answer and a useful lesson in emotional intelligence for every leader
You see, he knows just how random and changeable this bit of good news is, as is any news related to his companies’ share price. Over the past year, Elon Musk’s net worth soared by more than $150 billion in possibly the fastest bout of wealth creation in history, according to a Bloomberg report. Believe it or not, less than two years ago Tesla shares were worth about $38. A pinned tweet on his Twitter profile explains what he wants to do with the money.
“About half my money is intended to help problems on Earth & half to help establish a self-sustaining city on Mars to ensure the continuation of life (of all species) in case Earth gets hit by a meteor-like the dinosaurs or WW3 happens & we destroy ourselves,” Elon Musk explains in a tweet from 2018.