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Toasted with a single emoji! Musk awards Bezos No.2 medal after Amazon boss crows about global success despite being world’s SECOND richest man

  • Jeff Bezos tweeted the front page of Barron’s magazine in 1999, describing his new corporate paradigm as “stupid”
  • But in a jab to Bezos, Elon Musk replied with a simple No.2 medal emoji
  • It comes after Tesla’s CEO became the third person in the world to be worth $200 billion last month, beating Bezos to number one.










Billionaire Jeff Bezos boasted of Amazon’s global success, despite being labeled “dumb” in a 1999 magazine article on Twitter — only for Elon Musk to answer with a No. 2 medal after surpassing him as the world’s richest man.

Bezos shared a tweet that included the front page of Barron’s magazine from 1999, calling his new business paradigm “stupid” and the billionaire “just a middleman.”

He tweeted: “Listen and be open, but don’t let anyone tell you who you are. This was just one of many stories that told us all the ways we would fail.

“Today, Amazon is one of the world’s most successful companies and has revolutionized two completely different industries.”

But in a jab to Bezos, Musk replied with a simple No.2 medal emoji.

It comes after Tesla’s CEO last month became the third person in the world to be worth $200 billion, beating Bezos to number one.

Bezos shared a tweet that featured the front page of Barron’s magazine in 1999, describing his new corporate paradigm as “stupid” and the billionaire as “just a middleman.”

But Elon Musk replied with a No.2 medal after surpassing him as the world's richest man

But Elon Musk replied with a No.2 medal after surpassing him as the world’s richest man

After announcing that in September Musk had become the richest person in the world, he took his first jab at Bezos by saying he would send Bezos a giant statue with the number “2” as well as a silver medal.

“I’m sending a giant image of the number ‘2’ to Jeffrey B., along with a silver medal,” Musk told Forbes in an email in September.

Bezos became the first person to reach the $200 billion milestone in August 2020.

The Twitter spat comes after Musk said last Thursday that Tesla’s headquarters would move from Palo Alto, California, to Austin, Texas to take advantage of the state’s lack of income taxes.

He also kept a promise he made more than a year ago in response to California’s strict coronavirus guidelines.

Musk has promised that Tesla will expand its operations in Fremont, California, despite relocating its headquarters. The Fremont factory employs more than 10,000 people.

Tesla CEO became the third person in the world to be worth $200 billion last month, beating Bezos to the top spot

Tesla CEO became the third person in the world to be worth $200 billion last month, beating Bezos to the top spot

It’s not known how many people work at the Palo Alto headquarters, but Tesla has previously said the 350,000-square-foot building can accommodate up to 650 people.

The company has touted itself as one of California’s largest manufacturing employees; it said on its website that it boosted $5.5 billion in revenue — and generated $4.1 billion in spending — during fiscal year 2017.

Musk said Tesla, which has been in Silicon Valley since 2003, has outgrown its Fremont factory.

“It’s like we’re spam in a can here,” he said during Thursday’s announcement, adding that affordable housing is scarce and many workers have long commutes.

But in Texas, Musk said, “Our factory is about five minutes from the airport, 15 minutes from downtown, and we’re going to create an ecological paradise here.”

While he didn’t provide a timeline of when Tesla’s Texas headquarters will be operational, he noted that it takes less time to build a factory than it does to achieve large-scale production.

He said the Texas plant will be very similar to Tesla’s Shanghai plant, which was built in 11 months and reached major production after a year.

Musk personally moved to Texas last December.

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