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Elon Musk and the black band.

What’s wrong with his strange and beautiful kingdom?

Elon Musk is one of the most famous businessmen in the world.
Elon Musk is one of the most famous businessmen in the world.

One of these days he again got on the front pages of newspapers – this time with the announcement of sending the first tourist to the Moon.

Among other incredible innovations, the Musk is the PayPal online payment system, Tesla electric vehicles and the SpaceX space program.

His sphere of interest extends from solar energy to artificial intelligence. He promises a revolution in transport – a high-speed Hyperloop train on a magnetic cushion – and is going to colonize Mars.

But it seems that in the life of the entrepreneur-visionary now is a black band.
But it seems that in the life of the entrepreneur-visionary now is a black band.

 

In August, he tweeted to take Tesla off the exchange, and two weeks later announced that he had changed his mind. Dissatisfied investors ran to sue, and regulators and prosecutors – to check the legality of this behavior.

Flutter – the visiting card Musk, it was this character trait that provided him worldwide fame.

Do not have time to cool down the screens from a trick of a billionaire – like smoking grass on the air or drinking whiskey in public – as he returns to headlines with another scandal, like a squabble with a British diver, which threatens to escalate into a lawsuit.

Where did he come from?

Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa. In his childhood he was obsessed with science fiction and electricity – these two things determined his future destiny.

At age 17, he went to Canada to study physics and economics at Queen’s University in Ontario, in 1992 transferred to the University of Pennsylvania in the US, then wrote a Ph.D. in Stanford, but two years later dropped out and founded a startup Zip2.

The company, which produced software for news media, bought Compaq for $ 300 million in 1999, and Musk invested in X.com’s online bank.

X.com turned into PayPal and in 2002 it was sold to eBay for $ 1.5 billion. The 31-year-old Musk earned this 165 million.

And what did he do with the money?

Although Musk was not one of the founders of Tesla, it is clearly associated with his name.

After the sale of PayPal in 2002, Musk invested $ 165 million in Tesla, SpaceX SpaceX and solar power company Solar City.

He was the head of the board of directors of Tesla, and in 2008 decided to take up operational management of the company and took over the chair of the general director.

That year was difficult. SpaceX suffered a third failure when testing a launch vehicle, and the growing costs threatened to ruin Tesla.

Despite the phenomenal successes in new technologies, business was not shaky either. His companies broke deadlines one by one and suffered huge losses.

Some began to wonder: Is the Musk right for the role of head of a joint-stock company like Tesla?

Personal life: Everything is complicated

Personal life The musk is also far from order.

He was married three times – twice on the same woman.

First wife Justin Wilson tried a pen in the genre of science fiction, but the proximity of interests was not saved by marriage.

They divorced after eight years, and after six months, Musk reported an engagement with Talula Riley, a British actress under 14 years of age.

They were married in 2010, filed for divorce in 2012 and again married in 2013. In 2014, he filed, and then withdrew the application for a second divorce, and in 2016 she filed for divorce and the couple finally parted.

Robert Downey Jr. was equal to Musk, playing the eccentric billionaire inventor Tony Stark in the movie “Iron Man.”

The working capacity of the Musk is composed of legends.

When Musk founded Zip2, he was rumored to have slept in the office and showered in the soul of the charity across the road. In 2010, Musk advised beginning businessmen to work for a hundred hours a week, and in August told the New York Times that he “plowed for 120 hours” and struggled with sleepless sleeping pills.

Now the question is how long Tesla shareholders are willing to trust their money to such an ambiguous person.

Since the moment of that memorable tweet about leaving the stock exchange, the company has lost a fifth of market value.

And the last quarterly report revealed another record loss.

And some analysts advise Tesla to find a new CEO.

One thing is clear: Musk will remain the hero of news releases. To be continued.

https://www.bbc.com/russian/features-45577878

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