Billionaire Elon Musk may be the number one face on our search engines right now. Still, just like a big-eyed bug to a fiery flame, the attention this business magnate and investor is getting nowadays is quite impressive.
The King of Tesla-Ville, the ruler of SpaceX, the founder of The Boring Company and the man who has his fingers in Neuralink and OpenAI, aka Elon Musk, is taking the internet by storm. After wooing Mark Zuckerberg’s social media blue bird to then undergoing the walk of shame, Musk left the potential deal valued at around $44 billion in the dust.
But that doesn’t seem to bother the American business magnate who has been sipping on a drink and absorbing some Mykonos sun on his private yacht recently– now that’s living!
Elon Musk is unpredictable yet alluring. Vanity Fair describes the wealthiest man in the world as someone “whose impulses can flash-flood economic markets, individual lives, and any given news cycle, with a flick of the thumb”. And with his happy-go-lucky finger taps on Twitter lately, it’s easy to see why.
Elon Musk is known for using Twitter to hype everything from finding a new planet to installing Tesla’s steam engine. They call him the “original Twitter in Chief” over on Bloomberg since he knows exactly how to succeed on the internet.
But it almost seems unbelievable that one man could have so much influence on the future of this planet. There has been a host of headlines fluttering about recently, from his Twitter deal gone bust to now a potential smack on the wrist from a judge in court. Weed jokes, Amber Heard to fighting the ‘Musk’s bots’ – all while using the imitation game of posting relatable memes.
Some say that this is the rise and fall of the 51-year-old’s reputation, but as more and more tales of trouble roll-out, his name in the spotlight is instead fueling immense curiosity.
Jeff Bezos; copy-cat, Mark Zuckerberg; potential lizard, Donal Trump; very orange but Elon Musk? The billionaire almighty – what is it about him that keeps us glued to his universe?
Generally, people find billionaires inspiring for revolutionising various aspects of our lives, or they despise them for taking advantage of tax loopholes and potentially harmful business practices. It can be argued that Musk’s work pushes society forward and that he has already accomplished many selfless acts by being innovative and hard-working.
Think about it; when you see or hear his name, what do you think of it? Not many people name his massive fortune, but what he has done for society – rockets, clean energy, electric vehicles, AI Intelligence etc.
His clout is not derived from his wealth itself but instead from his contributions. However, when it comes to controlling his persona online, Nilay Patel, editor in chief of The Verge, believes that “Elon plays dumber than he is.” Is he pulling off a digital accent?
Musk’s ability to stir up dung online could even be his full-time job now. With a net worth of $230 billion sitting in his lap, all he can do is sit back, push out some attention-grabbing tweets and let the circus unfold.
Hey, at least Tesla or any of his other business interests is getting shares. After all, meme stocks have taught us that enough hype can equal a lot of money.
Maybe Elon Musk gets his controversy stirred from his 76-year-old father, Errol Musk – you know, the one who just told the world that he had “a second child with his 35-year-old stepdaughter, Jana Bezuidenhout?”.
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