2. Elon Musk

49-year-old Elon Musk is the world’s second-richest man. Tesla’s stock prices exploded in 2020, leaving him with more money than any person knows how to spend. He began his rise to riches in 2008 when he took leadership of both SpaceX and Tesla, working to revolutionize transportation both on earth and in space. Musk is always pushing the envelope when it comes to advancements in technology and creating controversy along the way. He has beaten Bill Gates in the race to rich, but not in generosity — Musk has only donated 1% of his earnings to charities, whereas Gates has donated almost 20% of his overall wealth. As Tesla’s market value continues to grow and the stocks soar to nearly $500 billion, hopefully, Elon’s generosity will too.

GRUENHEIDE, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 03: Tesla head Elon Musk arrives to have a look at the construction site of the new Tesla Gigafactory near Berlin on September 03, 2020 near Gruenheide, Germany. Musk is currently in Germany where he met with vaccine maker CureVac on Tuesday, with which Tesla has a cooperation to build devices for producing RNA vaccines, as well as German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier yesterday. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images) Maja Hitij/ Getty Images
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