Elon Musk’s mom Maye has posted an image of the Tesla and SpaceX tycoon as a child as he celebrates his fiftieth birthday.
Elon Musk, who was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1971, has develop into one of many wealthiest individuals on this planet because of the worth of his electrical automotive firm Tesla. He has an estimated web value of round $184bn (£132bn).
His followers are suggesting celebrating his birthday by making an attempt to drive up the worth of meme cryptocurrency Dogecoin to $0.50. Earlier this 12 months Dogecoin surged to a file valuation, partially pushed by Mr Musk, and is now valued at roughly £0.18 per coin.
The billionaire responded to his mom’s public message on Twitter, which inspired his followers to get the #HappyBirthdayElonMusk hashtag trending, with the purple loveheart emoji.
Musk made his first hundreds of thousands when he bought his software program firm Zip2 in 1999, after which greater than $100m (£71m) with the sale of PayPal, of which he was the biggest shareholder proudly owning simply over 11%, to eBay in 2002.
His antics on Twitter have repeatedly introduced him criticism and acclaim. Final 12 months about $13bn (£10bn) was wiped from the corporate’s market cap when he tweeted that the corporate’s “inventory worth is simply too excessive”.
In August 2018, he tweeted that he had secured funding to probably take Tesla non-public.
It led to a fraud case by the US Securities and Alternate Fee, which Mr Musk settled by agreeing to pay $20m (£16m) and have a Tesla lawyer pre-screen tweets with essential details about the corporate. Earlier this month the watchdog accused of Musk of violating that settlement.
Musk was additionally criticised for describing coronavirus lockdowns as “forcibly imprisoning individuals of their properties” and “fascist”.
He mentioned he didn’t know when Tesla might resume manufacturing in California and known as the state’s stay-at-home order a “critical threat” to the enterprise.
Again in 2019, the billionaire gained a defamation case introduced in opposition to him by Vernon Unsworth through the July 2018 Thailand cave rescue for calling the British caving knowledgeable a “pedo man”.
Mr Unsworth was left feeling “humiliated, ashamed” by the tweet from Musk, a federal courtroom in California heard.
Mr Musk’s attorneys argued it was not more than a playground insult and didn’t characterize a real allegation of paedophilia.
The Briton, who helped within the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach final 12 months, had angered the Tesla boss by calling his effort to assist a “PR stunt”.
Mr Musk had despatched a mini submarine to the location – which was by no means used – however Mr Unsworth mentioned the entrepreneur ought to “stick his submarine the place it hurts”.