How Rich is Elon Musk? – Visualization of Extreme Wealth

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See related visualization: How much wealth do the world’s richest billionaires have?

This visualization attempts to represent how much money Elon Musk, the richest person in the world, has. It gives context on this extreme amount of wealth by showing other very large sums of money that are somehow less than his net worth.

Each pixel on the screen represents a very modest amount of money (from $500 to $4000). As you scroll to the right, you will start to understand how incredibly large one billion dollars is, let alone hundreds of billions. You can change the amount of scrolling needed to get to the end of the visualization by selecting the amount represented by one pixel in the drop down menu.

This visualization was inspired heavily by a similar visualization made by Matt Korostoff for Jeff Bezos (when he was the richest person in the world) called “Wealth shown to scale”.

If you have any ideas about other items that could be added to the money chart, please leave them in the comments, and I will see if I can add it.

Mega-billionaires such as Musk or Jeff Bezos are not just extremely rich, the wealth they possess is unimaginably large. There are some extremely rich folks shown in the visualization who can buy pretty much whatever they could ever possibly need and yet their wealth is closer to that of the average person than they are to that of Elon Musk.

Sources and Tools:

The full list of data sources for the various money amounts are listed below. The visualization was made using HTML, CSS and Javascript code to create interactivity and UI. Data from Bloomberg’s Billionaire’s index , which is the source of Musk’s (and others) estimated wealth, is updated regularly.

Full List of Data Sources:

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3 Responses to How Rich is Elon Musk? – Visualization of Extreme Wealth

  1. Elon Musk says:

    You should correct it now that my net worth is at 243 billion $

  2. Jenny says:

    Really cool Chris! This example highlights how powerful data visualization is – numbers too large for human mind to process becomes a lot more intuitive when shown in visuals, contrasted with other numbers. Good work! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Anne-Marie says:

    I am flabbergasted….
    This amount of money is pretty indecent.
    Nothing like data visualization to help us understand the magnitude of Musk’s purchasing power…
    Thanks for citing all the sources, as usual!
    Your work rocks!

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