Born in South Africa, American and Canadian citizen, leader of SpaceX and Tesla, the world’s richest man has become a pivotal figure in the new American capitalism with his extraterrestrial ambitions and political ideals, which he shares with 100 million. Twitter followers.
But this social network that he loves to criticize should not ultimately fall into his hands.
At the beginning of April, he made a surprise announcement that he owns 9.2% of Bluebird’s capital, before expressing his intention to buy it back to make it a freer platform, believing that moderation in content there is too strict. .
But after numerous misadventures, threats and insults — and even a poo-shaped emoji tweeting at the network’s president — the libertarian on Friday finalized its $44 billion purchase agreement for Twitter.
At 51, the serial entrepreneur is heading Tesla, the world’s leading maker of electric cars, and SpaceX, his space company that will help NASA send astronauts to the Moon by 2025.
Forbes estimates his fortune at $238 billion.
He collected it mainly thanks to Tesla and used it to fund his various personal adventures such as Neuralink, a startup that aims to connect the human brain directly to a computer, and The Boring Company, which intends to revolutionize transportation. Come with the tunnels.
Whatever the sector, it presents its desire to save humanity, the environment or democracy. In an interview about his reasons for getting on Twitter, A . mentioned “Danger to Civilization” If users lose trust in the platform.
“X Æ A-12”
Paranoid and workaholic Elon Musk gives a glimpse into his character via tweets, concerned about his image as a rebel leader, lover of verbal duels and provocations, and anti-politics.
The symbol of this elusive line, which is attracting more and more Republicans, will be Tesla’s move from California to Texas, to express his dissatisfaction with the governor’s policy. Gavin NewsomIt is considered unfavorable to innovation and entrepreneurship.
“His libertarian style has a kind of radical right,” Values Roger KayFrom Endpoint Technologies Associates. “So there are a lot of people he doesn’t work with.”
On Twitter, recently challenged Vladimir Putin Duel or compare Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to me Adolf Hitler.
In 2018, he smoked cannabis during a video interview, while invoking the conquest of space, the apocalypse and the sexual desire of bonobos.
In May 2021, he revealed that he had Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism.
Mr. Musk has been divorced three times, and is the father of ten children, one of whom died at 10 weeks old. One of them, a transgender girl, recently submitted an official request to change her surname along with her gender in order to sever all ties with her father.
And the American press recently revealed that he had twins in November with a CEO of Neuralink, a few weeks before his birth.Exa Dark Cedral Muskwho was with the singer Grimes. She is the little sister ofX Æ A-12“, Baby.
He has since tweeted “We are doing everything we can to combat the crisis of underpopulation”, Do you guarantee it “The collapse in the birth rate (was) by far the greatest danger facing civilization.”
cult of tesla
The man is divided between an army of fans who adore him and give him propaganda, and those who hate him. But it’s hard to deny Tesla’s success.
Long in a deficit, the company is now a huge industrial and financial success, with record profits of $5.5 billion in 2021 and a massive valuation in the stock market.
“I think I know more about industrial production than anyone else in the world,” Elon Musk recently bragged.
It is not won. From 2017 to 2019, the company “On the verge of bankruptcy” It is to explain.
“Nothing was going well for Model 3 production. (…) I lived in the factory in Fremont (California), and slept on the floor so the team could see that I wasn’t in my ivory tower.”He said.
Numerous complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination have been filed against the management of this plant, accused of “apartheid” by California.
Born in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 28, 1971 to a Canadian engineer and model father, Elon Musk studied in Canada and then in the United States.
At the age of twenty-four, he creates with his brother KimballZip2, an online software publisher. He became a millionaire before his 30th birthday by selling it to computer manufacturer Compaq in 1999 for more than $300 million.
Then the young entrepreneur founded X.com, which was merged with PayPal, and then bought by eBay in 2002 for 1.5 billion.
With SpaceX, founded at a steady pace, on track for successes, the company has become the primary focus of NASA’s new ambitions.
“The overall goal is to allow life to develop on several planets and to make humanity a space civilization”, In an interview with Time magazine, Mr. Musk said that at the end of 2021 he was named Person of the Year.