Tesla overtakes Volkswagen for No. 2 spot among world's most valuable carmakers

The U.S. electric car maker's market value surpassed the $100 billion mark.

January 24, 2020, 10:58 AM

The U.S. electric car company Tesla has topped Germany's Volkswagen to become the second most valuable automaker in the world.

PHOTO:In this file photo taken on Aug. 8, 2018 the Tesla logo is seen outside of their showroom in Washington, D.C.
In this file photo taken on Aug. 8, 2018 the Tesla logo is seen outside of their showroom in Washington, D.C.
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The electric car maker's market value surpassed the $100 billion mark this week, overtaking Volkswagen's approximate $99 billion. Both car companies still trail far behind the value of Japan's Toyota, which has a market cap of more than $234 billion.

Tesla, a relatively new player to the industry, was founded by CEO Elon Musk in 2003. Volkswagen's history dates back to 1930's Germany.

PHOTO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cybertruck at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, Calif.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cybertruck at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, Calif.
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Surpassing the $100 billion market cap could mean a big pay bump for Musk, potentially unlocking a pay package worth more than $50 billion for the CEO, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Stock for Tesla has soared in recent months, more than doubling in value since late October 2019. The market rally may have been driven by news of high third-quarter profits and global expansion -- the company successfully opened a Gigafactory in China and announced plans to build one in Germany.

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