Elon Musk, founder and chief executive of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), has seen his net worth rise from $680 million last October to $2 billion this year, earning him a spot on the 2012 Forbes Billionaires List, the magazine reports.
Musk benefited from a 30 percent increase in the stock price of his electric car company, Tesla Motors, which accounts for $1 billion of his net worth. His stakes in SpaceX and Solar City, a company that designs, finances and installs solar panels and systems, represent the other $1 billion.
“Musk thinks big and isn’t bothered by what might halt lesser risk-takers,” Forbes says. “Musk detailed to a conference outside San Francisco several years ago his vision for interplanetary living. Given his track record with other risky bets so far