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Nvidia's value surges about $500 billion in 6 weeks — that's almost as much as Tesla is worth

Nvidia founder, president and CEO Jensen Huang displays his tattoo in September 2010.
Nvidia cofounder and CEO Jensen Huang.Robert Galbraith/Reuters
  • Nvidia's stock surge boosted its market cap by about $500 billion, almost Tesla's entire worth.

  • Its $1.7 trillion market cap is closing in on Amazon and Alphabet.

  • Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang's fortune has surged by $17 billion this year to $61 billion, per Bloomberg.

Nvidia's stock surge in 2024 has boosted its value by about $500 billion — close to Tesla's entire market value.

The graphics-chip maker's shares have soared 40% this year, lifting its market value by $489 billion to $1.7 trillion at Monday's close. It's now threatening to overtake Amazon and Alphabet to become the third-most valuable US company after Microsoft and Apple.

In contrast, shares of Elon Musk's Tesla have tumbled 27% this year, slashing the EV maker's market value by $214 billion to $576 billion. That's only $86 billion more than Nvidia's market-cap gain in just over five weeks of trading this year.

Nvidia shares climbed another 2%, and Tesla shares dropped a further 2%, in premarket trading on Tuesday. If those changes hold, the gap between Nvidia's year-to-date rise in market cap and Tesla's market value will shrink to less than $50 billion.

The semiconductor giant's market cap has more than quadrupled since the start of last year. Investors are wagering it will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the artificial-intelligence boom, which has already supercharged demand for its chips.

The $500 billion rise in Nvidia's market value this year is striking in both speed and magnitude. Only about a dozen US public companies are worth more. Nvidia has added roughly a JPMorgan's ($504 billion) worth of value in under six weeks, and its gain exceeds the likes of Walmart ($454 billion) or Exxon ($406 billion) in size.

Similarly, Nvidia's total market cap of $1.7 trillion dwarfs corporate titans like Mark Zuckerberg's Meta ($1.2 trillion), Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway ($848 billion), Eli Lilly ($670 billion), and Visa ($554 billion).

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The fact that Nvidia commands double the market cap of Berkshire might seem shocking, as the chipmaker generated only $18 billion of revenues in its last reported quarter, compared to Berkshire's $93 billion.

However, the pair posted similar operating profits ($10.4 billion versus $10.8 billion), and Nvidia is growing much faster.

Notably, Nvidia's stock leap has enriched its largest shareholders. Cofounder and CEO Jensen Huang's net worth has swelled by an estimated $17 billion this year to hit $61 billion, ranking him 22nd on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and third in year-to-date gains.

He's now wealthier than two heirs to the Mars fortune, worth $48 billion each, and just behind commodity tycoon Charles Koch ($63 billion).

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