After having revolutionized the automotive industry and conquering space, billionaire Elon Musk is about to buy the social network Twitter for 44 billion dollars. How far will he go? Here are five things to know about this boundless entrepreneur.
Billionaire Elon Musk has just purchased Twitter for the modest sum of $44 billion at the end of April 2022. A capricious entrepreneur, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX is interested in many areas to expand his empire. Here are five surprising things to know about this genius inventor.
He is richer than Jeff Bezos
Elon Musk ousted Amazon founder Jeff Bezos from the top spot in Forbes magazine’s billionaires ranking last April. Since the beginning of the health crisis, his fortune has skyrocketed, from $24.6 billion in 2020 to $219 billion in 2022. With just $171 billion, Bezos only comes second, ahead of Bernard Arnault, who passed him in third, ahead of Bill Gates.
he is homeless
The richest man in the world, however, has neither an apartment nor a sumptuous villa, as his eccentricity has led him to have no fixed address. A confidence made during an interview at a TED conference last April: “I don’t own a house. I literally stay with friends. If I travel to the San Francisco Bay side, where most of the locations are Tesla engineering, I I alternate based on available rooms at my friends’ house, otherwise he slept in his private jet, a Gulfstream 650, and paid nearly $70 million.
Your children have codenames
Divorced three times, Elon Musk is the father of eight children, one of whom died at 10 weeks. Her last child, which she had with singer Grimes, is called Exa Dark Sideræl Musk. Her nickname is Y. She is the younger sister of “X Æ A-12”, the first child of the couple who is nicknamed X.
•X, the unknown variable \u2694\ufe0f
•Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love and/or artificial intelligence)
•A-12 = precursor of the SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, non-violent aim?
(A=Archangel, my favorite song)
(\u2694\u2694\ufe0f\ud83d\udc01 metal mouse)
— ?????? (\u231b\ufe0f,\u23f3) ᚷᚱᛁᛗᛖᛋ (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
On her Twitter account, the mother explained this name. “X, the unknown variable, Æ, which I pronounce “Ai” for love or artificial intelligence, A-12 which is the forerunner of the SR-17 (our favorite plane), no weapons or defenses, just speed. combat but no OA either means “Archangel”, my favorite song”.
He inspired the director of Iron Man
Jon Favreau, the director of Iron Man, revealed that he was inspired by Tesla’s boss to create the character of Tony Stark. The billionaire even played himself in the second work, during a scene in which he offers Tony Stark to study “an electric jet”. Last detail, several scenes of the film were filmed in the premises of Space X. And yes, Elon Musk has almost everything of an Avengers.
He wants to connect our brains to computers
This is one of the billionaire’s craziest and most ambitious projects: connecting the human brain to computers through his company Neuralink. The technology could allow “a paralyzed person to use a smartphone by thinking faster than someone using their thumbs”. It would then be enough to think of a sentence to write it: the chip captures the electrical signals sent by the brain and transcribes them. Tests were already done on a sow and a monkey last year, who were made to play video games by the sheer force of thought.
Elon Musk buys Twitter: billionaire causes another scandal by publicly criticizing social media executives
Elon Musk is finally someone who dreams of creating a civilization on the planet Mars by 2024, who created a construction company but who did not found Tesla contrary to what we think. Finally, he’s someone who nearly killed himself behind the wheel of a 627 horsepower McLaren F1 and who just bought the giant Twitter to make him evolve. Which is already a lot.
Recall that he was recently revealed to have Asperger’s syndrome, a neurological pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), of genetic origin.
A compromising Tesla investigation
Elon Musk is the main subject of a particularly compromising documentary that will be broadcast on May 20 on FX channel and on the streaming platform Hulu (owned by Disney), reveals the American website Variety. This survey called “Elon Musk’s Crash Course” was conducted by Emma Schwartza supported by investigative journalists from the New York Times. They analyzed Tesla’s autopilot system failures, which are believed to be the cause of many accidents and deaths, failures and consequences that the company has never publicly acknowledged.
The documentary is also expected to address Elon Musk’s multiple attempts to prevent government investigations from taking place, the pressure exerted on government officials to cover up the case, or the billionaire’s persistence in promoting a far-from-perfect autopilot system.
The documentary should give the floor to former Tesla employees as well as the billionaire’s family members who will speak for the first time on the subject. Potentially explosive revelations.