The billionaire business magnate, Telsa and SpaceX boss Musk has a net worth of more than $188.5 billion (£136bn) – $1.5 billion more than Bezos, Bloomberg reported.

Musk’s personal wealth has been boosted by last year’s more than eight-fold surge in the shares of Tesla, which became the world’s most valuable carmaker.

He has a 20 per cent stake in the carmaker and about $42 billion of gains on vested stock options, according to the Bloomberg report.

Tesla shares were up as much as 7.4 per cent on Thursday at a record high of $811.61.

Shares in the electric car company soared on hopes that a Democrat-controlled US Senate would usher in a new green agenda.

The Forbes Billionaires List, however, said Musk still trails Amazon’s Bezos by $7.8 billion.

Forbes has a more conservative estimate based on the Tesla stake that he has pledged as a collateral for personal loans.

To take that into account, it applies a 25 per cent discount to his shareholding, according to its report in November.

Musk, who co-founded and sold Internet payments company PayPal, now leads some of the most futuristic companies in the world.

Besides Tesla, he heads rocket firm SpaceX and Neuralink, a startup that is developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect our brains to computers.

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