Trillionair Status

Waking up a trillionaire must be the Status of a Lifetime, well Elon Musk is just that...at least soon that is.

The research analysed the net worth and yearly growth rate of the top wealthiest individuals in order to predict their performance for the next 30 years. However, an estimation always has some uncertainty attached to it, making the trillionaire race worth keeping an eye on in the coming years.

The top 10 from the trillion-dollar club is largely dominated by males from the tech sector, including Google Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. An exception to this rule is Bernard Arnault, Chair and Chief Executive of LVMH in fourth place, who is the only representative from the world of fashion within the top 10. As a leader in the luxury sector, the multinational conglomerate recorded US$326 billion in sales last year that mostly stemmed from its fashion and leather goods.

Leading the race is Tesla and Space X Founder Elon Musk. With a current net worth of US$263 billion and an annual growth rate of 129 per cent, Musk is anticipated to reach US$1.38 trillion in the next two years at age 52. It was in fact Jeff Bezos who was set to become the first trillionaire. However, he is now forecasted to reach US$1.06 trillion in 2030, six years behind Musk in sixth place.



Gautam Adani is a Gautam Shantilal Adani is an Indian billionaire industrialist and philanthropist. He is the chairman and founder of the Adani Group, an Ahmedabad-based multinational conglomerate involved in port development and operations in India and Zhang Yiming is the Founder of Beijing-based ByteDance, Yiming directs one of the fastest-growing social media platforms – TikTok – that’s particularly popular among Generation Z. Both are anticipated to be the next to amass more than US$1 trillion after Musk, according to the study. By 2026 Yiming will be 42 years old, making him the youngest trillionaire.


Zhang Yiming is the Founder of Beijing-based ByteDance


Musk, as the world’s richest individual, is the largest contributor to the global wealth gap. The South African native is rumored to have inherited much of his wealth through his father’s exploitation of emerald mines during Apartheid. This was a time of extreme racial segregation where, amongst other human rights violations, Black Africans were not given fair wages for their work.


While Musk fiercely denies having inherited Apartheid “blood money,” eyebrows were certainly raised when Musk was caught paying Telsa employees $5 an hour, according to The Guardian. The very same practices that were used to oppress African people — practices that Musk denied having involvement in — were being utilized to fatten his already overflowing wallet.


Unfortunately, after spending $44 billion dollars to purchase Twitter, it has been noted that the UN World Food Program has yet to receive a single cent from Musk, even after they provided data that the two percent of Musk’s fortune, $6.6 billion dollars, could be used to provide hunger security to 42 million vulnerable people, according to weforum.org.

If you ask the average South African what Elon Musk has done for them, they’d likely laugh in your face. If you ask the UN World Food Program about Musk’s commitment to ending world hunger, they would probably have the same reaction.