He is the richest man in the world and does not own a house. He also has the biggest robot company in the world. He drives a car he created that uses no gas and barely needs a driver. He is the man behind SpaceX and dreams of Mars.
He`s a player in robots and solar, cryptocurrency and climate, brain-computer implants to stave off the menace of artificial intelligence, and underground tunnels to move people and freight at super speeds.
He is criticized by socialists and especially Elizabeth Warren who tweeted this on December 13; «Let`s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else.»
Musk tweeted this on Wednesday; «And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year.» The fact is that Musk must pay a record-breaking $15 billion tax bill.
This is money that goes straight into the pocket of the Socialists who very often claim to «take the bill.» for something. But as you clearly can see, the money comes from entrepreneurs like Elon Musk.
The tax bill is probably the real reason he`s selling a large chunk of Tesla shares. But he can afford to do it because $15 billion in taxes is just a small part of his wealth. According to Bloomberg Billionaire Index, his net worth is $255 billion. In other words; he is on top of that list.
Elon Musk is the man who aspires to save our planet and get us a new one to inhabit; clown, genius, edgelord, visionary, industrialist, showman, cad; a madcap hybrid of Thomas Edison, P.T. Barnum, Andrew Carnegie, and Watchmen`s Doctor Manhattan, the brooding, blue-skinned man-god who invents electric cars and moves to Mars.
Tesla controls two-thirds of the multibillion-dollar electric vehicle market it pioneered and is valued at a cool $1 trillion. That has made Musk the richest private citizen in history, at least on paper.
The tech entrepreneur Elon Musk revealed earlier this year that he has Asperger`s syndrome while appearing on the US comedy sketch series Saturday Night Live (SNL). But Musk has spent a lifetime defying the haters, now, it seems, he`s finally in a position to put them in their place.
Many people are described as larger than life, but few deserve it.
How many of us truly exceed our life span? How many will make it into the digital textbooks our spacefaring descendants will study?
As Shakespeare observed in Julius Caesar, it`s far easier to be remembered for doing evil than doing good. How many will leave a mark on the world – much less the universe – for their contributions rather than their crimes?
A few short years ago, Musk was roundly mocked as a crazy con artist on the verge of going broke. Now, this shy South African with Asperger`s syndrome, who escaped a brutal childhood and overcome personal tragedy bends governments and industry to the force of his ambition.
To Musk, his vast fortune is a mere side effect of his ability not just to see but to do things others cannot, in arenas where the stakes are existential. «He was raised in a tough environment and born with a very special brain,» says Antonio Gracias, Musk`s close friend of two decades, who have held seats on the boards of Tesla and Space X.
99% of people in that situation don`t come out of it. Some small percentage come out of it with the ability he has to make great decisions under extraordinary pressure and the never-ending drive to change the course of humanity.
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