Elon Musk has become, by hand, the center of the news from different fronts: Tesla, SpaceX, Starlink, Neuralink, Russia, Jeff Bezos, cryptocurrencies and Twitter .
Over time, Elon Musk has displaced heavy names in the technology industry and earned, through sheer force, his first place in global income. For better or worse, the South African billionaire has been a reference in various points of discussion regarding current issues. Now, following the $44 billion acquisition of Twitter , we take a look at the other quirks of a businessman who sometimes seems out of control.
away from twitter
It is paradoxical that today we are talking about a hostile process of acquiring Twitter, when on February 2, 2021, Musk himself proclaimed a slight goodbye to the network without giving further explanation.
MC Elon on NFT
The founder of Neuralink has also had his run-in with NFTs, and the track HODL was offered as a non-fungible token, although it was later withdrawn by Musk himself. The song references the endless work of computers and the vanity around digital assets.
the emperor of mars
From Twitter, Musk has sparked several controversies. Even without tweeting, he commands attention. This is the case of a publication that, without being a tweet, caused curiosity. On April 13, Elon changed his biography on the social network and proclaimed himself “Emperor of Mars”, as a clear reference to SpaceX’s plans with the Starship, a vehicle designated by NASA for the return to the Moon and that, in a future, could bring the human race to Mars.
Little Elon Bezos
The fight between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, the second on the list of billionaires globally, has not been brief. Following problems with NASA’s decision to drop Blue Origin over SpaceX in the ARTEMIS program , Musk sent Bezos a silver medal emoji after the list of richest people in the world was updated.
Elon and world hunger
David Beasley, director of the UN World Food Program, pointed out that the wealth of billionaires could help eradicate famine in the world. Specifically, there was talk of an amount close to 6 billion dollars, a figure refuted by Musk on Twitter. After this, the founder of Tesla challenged the entity to “explain how 6 billion will solve world hunger”, promising to sell Tesla shares if the calculation was accurate.
Selling shares thanks to Twitter
In November 2021, Musk launched a peculiar question on Twitter , a social network in which he has more than 80 million followers: “There has been a lot of talk lately about unrealized profits being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose to sell 10% of my Tesla shares.” More than 3 million people participated in the activity, with 57% in favor of the sale. Despite this, Musk did not sell 10%, but only 3%, some 4.5 million shares.
Elon against Binance
2021 was marked by Musk’s ravings regarding Bitcoin and various cryptocurrency exchange systems, with statements that caused worrying variations in the value of digital currencies such as DogeCoin or BTC itself. In the middle of this exchange of tweets with the crypto community, Musk pointed out that people should stay away from systems like Binance or Robinhood , because they are not reliable for the protection of money.
Trudeau and Hitler
One of the strangest moments of this 2022 was the unnecessary comparison between Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and the nefarious Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. In a meme response to Coinbase , Musk mentioned that, unlike the Canadian politician, Hitler had a budget to carry out his plans.
Shooting down “spy planes” on Twitter
In February 2022, Musk tried to buy a Twitter account created by Jack Sweeney that provided accurate reports on the routes taken by the SpaceX CEO’s private plane. The data collected by the account, all of them publicly accessible, accounted for the fate of the businessman, who decided to offer 5 thousand dollars to deactivate the account. Sweeney’s response increased the amount to 50 thousand, but Elon simply cut off communications.
The “unspeakable” children of Elon
Elon and his ex-girlfriend Grimes have two children. The first, X Æ A-Xii (pronounced X AI Archangel), was born in May 2020. His little sister, Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, who is simply called “Y”, recently arrived. Exa Dark Sideræl Musk has her name inspired by exaFLOPS, a computing term related to supercomputers; while “Sideræl” is the elven script for “Sidereal”, which means “the time of truth in the universe”, explained the businessman.
“Elona” and the challenge to Putin
Just a month ago, Elon Musk challenged Russian President Valdimir Putin to a duel, putting Ukraine itself as the reward for the winner of a possible “melee” contest. Although the expected meeting never took place, Musk reacted to the declaration of Ramzan Kadyrov, leader of the Chechen Republic, changing his nickname on Twitter from him to Elona , a clear reference to the one expressed by the politician.