Elon Musk set to become the world’s first trillionaire by 2024 but could his purchase of Twitter prevent this?

A new study from Approve has predicted the world’s first trillionaires by comparing the annual net worths of the top 30 richest people and their annual growth rate to estimate how soon each of them will reach one trillion dollars. The study found that Elon Musk is set to be the world’s first trillionaire by 2024.

The world’s first trillionaires

Rank Name Industry Current age Average annual net worth growth Estimated year of trillion-dollar valuation Estimated age at trillion-dollar valuation
1 Elon Musk Automotive & Aerospace 50 129% 2024 52
2 Gautam Adani & Family Diversified 59 121% 2025 62
3 Zhang Yiming Technology 38 123% 2026 42
4 Mukesh Ambani Diversified 64 43% 2029 71
4 Bernard Arnault Fashion & Retail 72 27% 2029 79
6 Jeff Bezos Technology 57 24% 2030 65
7 Steve Ballmer Technology 65 28% 2032 75
7 Larry Page Technology 48 27% 2032 58
7 Sergey Brin Technology 48 27% 2032 58
10 Michael Dell Technology 56 32% 2033 67


The world’s richest person, Elon Musk, currently has an estimated net worth of $263 billion with an average annual net growth of 129%, which could potentially mean his net worth can hit a trillion dollars in as little as two years, at the age of 52.

Gautam Adani & family own the commodity trading business Adani Group (one of India’s most profitable companies). Adani would be a year behind Musk, reaching trillionaire status in 2025, at the age of 62 at his current rate of 121% growth.

At just 38 years old, Zhang Yiming is the Founder and Chairman of Beijing ByteDance Technology Co, which is considered to be one of the world’s most valuable start-ups. The business is predicted to make Zhang Yiming a trillionaire in 2026, at the age of 42.

Zhang Yiming is set to be the youngest trillionaire, potentially reaching trillionaire status by 2026 when he is just 42, with a 123% average annual net growth.

The technology sector is set to produce the most trillionaires, with six of the top ten trillionaires working in the sector. For example, Amazon’s Founder, Jeff Bezos ranks in sixth place, potentially reaching trillionaire status by 2030.

Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive of luxury goods company Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), is the only trillionaire in the top ten from the fashion industry, predicted to reach trillionaire status in 2029.

Could Musk’s purchase of Twitter derail his trillionaire status?

Back in April, Musk agreed to purchase social media platform Twitter for $44 billion. However, he announced in May that the purchase would not move forward until he had more information about the number of fake accounts on the service.

Yesterday, the Tesla tycoon accused Twitter of “resisting and thwarting” his right to information about fake accounts on the platform. In a letter addressed to the company, he said there was a “clear material breach” of the terms of their merger agreement.

“Mr. Musk reserves all rights resulting therefrom, including his right not to consummate the transaction and his right to terminate the merger agreement,” the letter, signed by Skadden Arps attorney Mike Ringler, says.

This has put his purchase of the platform in doubt, particularly as Musk has complained about scams, bots and fake accounts on Twitter for years.

Statista predicts that 329 million people will be using Twitter by the end of 2022, whilst the platform is estimated to be worth more than $30 billion. Therefore, Musk’s purchase of Twitter has the potential to accelerate the speed at which he gains trillionaire status, although this will largely depend on what changes are made to the platform.

Acquisitions have also played an important role in the growth of Musk’s wealth. For example, in the past six years alone, Tesla has acquired several companies, including SolarCity Corp., Maxwell Technologies Inc., Grohmann Engineering GmbH, Perbix Machine Co. Inc., and Hibar Systems Ltd. These are all large companies that contribute significant revenue figures.

So, with acquisitions appearing to constitute a part of Musk’s growth strategy, it will be interesting to see what effect pulling the plug on the Twitter deal could have on his journey to trillionairehood.