Who Is Elon Musk?

Carter Heavy Industries

Pop culture has touted Elon Musk as some sort of eccentric, heavy-weight genius with humble beginnings, but this is demonstrably false. Elon Musk was born in South Africa, where he claims he was “extremely” poor, but his family owned an emerald mine. As a teenager, Elon would trade emeralds for cash in New York City, and his father once bragged that they had so much money, they couldn’t close the safe.

We were very wealthy,” says Errol. “We had so much money at times we couldn’t even close our safe.”

Errol Musk

Musk claims to have had about $100,000 of student loan debt, saying he couldn’t even afford a second PC“, but the truth is that he received a full scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, where he bought a ten-bedroom frat house with his friend Adeo Ressi, where they were…

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