Elon Musk is angry. seriously.
CEO of Tesla, the leader in the electric car market (TSLA) He never hid his feelings from his millions of fans on social networks.
Twitter microblogging site (TWTR) It is his favorite place to report the news of his multiple companies, give his opinions and, above all, fight his critics. (We know the story of his attempt to buy Twitter and his decision not to buy it.)
The billionaire is known for his traits of whimsy and combative readiness. He never bows down to adversity; Instead, he returns directly to those who are hostile and critical of him.
One of his counterattacks landed him in the courtroom.
In the summer of 2018, as the world sought to rescue children trapped in a cave in Thailand, Musk dubbed Vernon Unsworth a “pedophile” on Twitter. This is because the British diver accused him of a “propaganda ploy” by sending a mini-submarine to help get Thai schoolchildren out.
Musk successfully defended himself in December 2019 against a defamation lawsuit filed against him in Los Angeles.
The question of wealth
The billionaire launched a new counterattack on Robert Reich, who was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton and is now a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Reich suggested in a tweet that Musk owes part of his fortune to his family’s fortune. In his letter, Reich attempts to deconstruct the myth of self-made billionaires by claiming that three of them – Musk, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos – did not start from scratch.
“Elon Musk came from a family that owned an emerald mine in apartheid South Africa,” Reich wrote in a tweet on September 20. “Bill Gates’ mother helped Microsoft get a deal with IBM. Jeff Bezos’ garage start was funded by a quarter. — a million dollar investment from his parents.”
“Self-made billionaires are a legend,” he concluded.
Musk is the world’s richest man, with an estimated fortune of $268 billion as of September 20, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
In this arrangement, Bezos, CEO of Amazon, (AMZN) Controls $145 billion, and Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, (MSFT) It controls $111 billion. Bezos and Gates are the third and fifth richest people in the world, respectively.
While Bezos and Gates ultimately did not respond, Musk continued the attack just hours after being sent.
“You are both a fool and a liar,” the serial entrepreneur slammed Reich.
His fans immediately flew to his aid and attacked the Reich.
“Can you really imagine having this guy as a teacher?” One Twitter user commented.
“The Reich is suicidally boring,” Musk replied.
Can you believe Reich earns $250,000 through worthless lectures?! Another Musk fan said.
Then the billionaire posted a picture of boredom-sleeping people in what appeared to be a college amphitheater.
Musk later revived a July 2020 letter from Reich to California authorities in which the former Clinton administration official opposed the construction of affordable housing in his neighborhood.
This letter has already been published to denounce the so-called hypocrisy of democratic elites and especially Reich, who in 2018 proposed a “promising initiative” to make housing affordable in cities.
“If historic preservation means anything, it means preserving enough of the old neighborhood character to remind people of its history and provide continuity with the present,” Reich and another person said in the letter to the conservation commissioners.
“Development for the sake of development is meaningless when it imposes social costs like this,”
“It’s no surprise that Reich is also a hypocrite,” Musk concluded.
May Musk, the billionaire’s mother, also responded by highlighting a message explaining that her son “wasn’t rich growing up”.
“Thanks for correcting @RBReich, doesn’t mean he cares about the truth. Maybe he should read #AWomanMakesAPlanPenguinBooks 😉,” said May Musk.
From South Africa to Tesla
Elon Musk, 51, was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa, to a South African father, Errol, and a Canadian mother, May. He showed early talent in IT and entrepreneurship.
At the age of 12, he created a video game and sold it to a computer magazine.
According to the New York Times, Musk grew up “in isolated, elite white communities littered with anti-black government propaganda, and detached from the atrocities perpetrated by white political leaders on the black majority.”
At the age of 17 after graduating from high school, Musk left South Africa for Canada to avoid supporting apartheid through compulsory military service and also to try to seize economic opportunities in the United States.
He attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and in 1992 transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a BA in Physics and Economics in 1995.
At the age of 24, he received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. program in physics but left after only two days because he believed the internet had more potential to change society than work in physics.
Before SpaceX in 2002 and Tesla in 2003, Musk founded Zip2 in 1995, a company that provides maps and business guides to online newspapers. In 1999, Zip2 was acquired by computer maker Compaq (HPQ) for $307 million.
The billionaire then co-founded an online financial services company, X.com, which later became PayPal (PYPL) After merging with software company Confinity Inc. in the year 2000.
“Some people are spreading hate language towards us because they think we were raised with a silver spoon and given everything – that is far from the truth. When I was growing up, it was just a matter of survival,” Tosca Musk, Elon’s sister, said recently in an interview.