To the visionary, and sometimes eccentric, Elon Musk (49 years old), founder of Tesla and Space X, it seems that the Earth has outgrown and so have the rules that govern ordinary mortals. Geniuses are like this: they drive discoveries, they don’t stop at what others consider outrageous failures and they care little about what other people think of their lunatic ideas, although that sometimes even reflects on the bottom line. of the companies they run. All that has happened to Musk, who in his rise as an entrepreneur, intelligent person, demanding boss, controlling and according to many analysts something excess of ego and with unrealistic objectives.
This Monday Elon Musk shared a family photo on Twitter in which he appeared with his current partner, the singer and visual artist Grimes and the son they have had together and who will be one year old next year, X Æ A-Xii, whose name his parents explained as follows: “the X signified the unknown variable, the Æ refers to the elven spelling of Ai, which means“ love and / or artificial intelligence ”, and the rest represents refers to the“ precursor of the SR-17 (the couple’s favorite plane) because it has no weapons, no defenses, just speed. Excellent in battle but not violent, ”said the mother.
The photograph is taken in Texas, the place where the businessman moved to live last December and from where last week he announced that he plans to create a city that he will call Starbase. This is what he said on Twitter with one of those characteristic terse Twitter messages with which he releases the most strange ideas and his strongest intentions: “Creating the city of Starbase, Texas. From there to Mars, and from there to the stars ”. A statement that reflects, according to information published by the newspaper Houston ChronicleIt is his wish to change the name to Boca Chica Village, where his company Space X is developing and launching prototypes of its Starship spacecraft, and that this place be the nucleus for the birth of a new city in South Texas.
An aspiration that has even been answered by the Cameron County judge, Eddie Trevino, who in a statement published by various local media has stated: “If SpaceX and Elon Musk wanted to follow that path, they must comply with all the statutes of incorporation of the state. The state of Cameron will process any petition adjusted in accordance with the law applicable to the case ”.
Elon Musk’s extravagances, which have at times cost his companies money on the stock market, do not seem at odds with the confidence that the market is ultimately placing in his projects. Neither the economic crisis caused by the pandemic nor the drastic decline in car sales seem to have stopped the businessman and earlier this year he ranked at the top of the list of richest people in the world, ousting Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. His fortune is estimated at 195,000 million dollars (about 160,000 million euros) and last year alone the value of Tesla shares increased by more than 700%. Facts that sometimes surprise its competitors because the firm’s manufacturing units – 500,000 vehicles in 2020 – remain very far from those of other of its great rivals within the motor industry without impeding the expectation generated by the vehicles of the electric car brand.
Those are his most earthly plans but Elon Musk already has his sights set on space, that’s why he spends more and more time in Texas where his space division, Space X, is located and from where he works developing new rockets to which the Moon remains. too close because Musk thinks of Mars and the stars. He also does it in a new project of which he is the promoter, Neuralink, a start-up investigating how to link the human brain to the internet.
Elon Musk is the result of the marriage of Errol, an engineer, with Maye Musk, a model and a dietician, who has become an icon of style in her seventies and the image of numerous advertising campaigns, after 50 years of race. The couple married in South Africa in 1970 and separated nine years later after having three children: Elon, Kimbal and Tosca. As the marriage grew apart, so did the rest of the family. Tosca, who is currently a film director and producer, stayed to live with her mother, and the two boys moved to Pretoria with their father during their teens. Later the mother and the three brothers reunited in Toronto, shortly after Elon left for Canada at the age of 17 in pursuit of his passion for technology. There, according to a profile published in the magazine Business Insider, they came to live in a half-empty apartment where they did not even have to buy chairs.
Reviewing the life of Elon Musk, it could be said that being a successful businessperson does not guarantee the same success in your love life. He met his first wife, Justine Wilson, at the University of Ontario and ended up winning her over, later, leaving her his already powerful credit card to buy all the books the writer wanted. They married in 2000 and divorced in 2008 when the mogul began dating actress Talulah Riley, who was 20 years old when they met. Neither this relationship, which was stormy from the beginning, fared better: it was sealed with a marriage in 2010, a divorce two years later, a new wedding in 2013 and another divorce in 2016.
He had a relationship with fellow actress Amber Heard, after she separated from Johnny Depp, Captain Jack Sparrow of the film saga Pirates of the Caribbean. The break came in 2017, just a year after meeting that they were a couple. “I will never be happy if I have no one. Going to sleep just kills me. To be in that big empty house hearing the echo of my own footprints, and no one on the pillow on the side … “, were the words with which Elon Musk portrayed his personal concerns in an interview for Rolling Stone. Now she shares her life with Grimes and the last of her six children, while still looking at Mars and the stars.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.