Elon Musk isn’t someone that needs an introduction; unless you have been living in a cave for the past two decades. The South African-born entrepreneur is a businessman, engineer, and industrial designer famed as the owner of Telsa and SpaceX. He dropped out of school while veering for his Ph.D. in 1995 to pursue his entrepreneurial career which has seen him contribute meaningfully to many industries – from online payment systems and electric cars to space exploration and artificial intelligence. Now a billionaire who reigned for a brief moment in January 2021 as the richest man on earth, Musk is also regarded as one of the most powerful people on earth and, his fame has rubbed off on his relatives as people wonder the kind of family he hailed from.
Amongst other things, it has been suggested that Elon had a privileged upbringing which prepared him for the successes he has recorded in his career. The billionaire has dismissed that as “bulls***”, relating that he worked his way through college and accumulated $100,000 in student debt. This claim has left many even more curious about his upbringing as it had been reported that his father became a millionaire before he clocked 30 years.
Elon Musk Was Born Into a Family That Was Quite Well Off But His Parents Divorced In 1979
The famous entrepreneur was born on the 28th of June 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa. Musk was a voracious reader during his childhood; he developed an interest in computer programming at the age of ten which led to him writing and selling his first code for a BASIC-based video game to a computing magazine for approximately $500. If one chooses to be critical, it wouldn’t be out of place to suggest that the billionaire had a background that aided his development as a kid. His’ was a white family in apartheid South Africa.
Reports have it that his father Errol Musk ran a successful engineering business, making it possible for the family to own one of the biggest houses in Pretoria. Elon’s mother Maye Musk was also quite successful in her career as a model before she got married to Errol. She met him in high school and they got married in 1970. The union saw the birth of three kids named Elon, Kimbal, and Tosca Musk before it packed up in 1979.
After the divorce, Maye was left to raise her kids, and according to her account, it was a challenging moment as they struggled with poverty. About two years after the Divorce, Elon would opt to go live with his father. From what the Telsa CEO has shared over the year, living with his father wasn’t a pleasant experience.
Meet Elon Musk’s Father; Is He Really Rich?
- Full Name: Errol Graham Musk
- Date of Birth: Sometime in 1946
- Age: 75 Years Old
- Occupation: Electromechanical Engineer, Pilot, and Sailor
From what has been discussed thus far, it is clear that Elon Musk’s father is a rich man. The South African engineer is also a property developer, among other things. Although it is hard to tell how rich Errol is, we know he is not anywhere near his son and, that he attained millionaire status before the age of 30.
It has also been reported in some quarters that Errol owned an emerald mine in Zambia in the 80s. Elon once addressed this claim on Twitter, asserting that Errol didn’t own an emerald mine. But Errol himself shared a story that suggested otherwise. According to the older Musk, a teenage Elon and his brother Kimbal made away with his emeralds and sold it to Tiffany & Co. in New York. Efforts to authenticate Errol’s claims are yet to yield any meaningful results but the emerald claims are a hint to the fact that Elon Musk’s father is a wealthy man.
At about the age of 10, Elon began living with his father. The SpaceX founder has related on several occasions that it was a terrible experience for him. Elon said he felt sorry for the man at some point because he believed he was very sad but would later realize that Errol is just an evil man. On the month of his eighteenth birthday, Elon relocated to Canada, having gained Canadian Citizenship through his Canadian-born mother.
Reasons Why Elon Thinks So Little of His Father
He Was Abusive Towards Him and Refused to Sponsor His College Education
It is no longer a secret that Elon Musk does not have a good relationship with his father. Their rocky relationship dates back to when the billionaire lived with Errol after he parted ways with Elon’s mom. The Tesla founder said his father was physically and verbally abusive towards him. He called him an idiot almost always, asserting that the industrial designer wouldn’t amount to anything meaningful in life.
In a 2017 interview, a teary Elon recalled that he had a painful childhood with his father. He dismissed claims that the man helped him to start his career, asserting that Errol is irrelevant to his success story. Elon said Errol wouldn’t stop cursing him when he decided to relocate to Canada and refused to pay anything for his college education. If we must believe everything the billionaire related, he and his brother were able to attain college education through scholarships and loans, in addition to working two jobs.
Errol Mask Fathered a Child With His Step-daughter
Apart from the abuse he suffered from his father and the claim that Errol refused to see his kids through college, there are other reasons why Elon Musk described his father as a “terrible human being” who’s capable of planning and executing evil plans. One of these reasons is the fact that Errol entered into a relationship with his step-daughter and fathered a child with her.
As the story goes, Jana Bezuidenhout and Errol met for the first time she was four years old. This was when her mother Heide got married to Errol. Heide and Errol would later opt for a divorce after 18 years of marriage, only for Errol to pursue a relationship with Heide’s daughter, Jana, who is 42 years younger than him.
It is said that Elon and other members of the Musk family aren’t happy with Errol for having a child with his step-daughter. Their anger is largely based on the fact that Errol was the only father figure in Jana’s life. Her biological father reportedly died when she was a kid.
The Man Shot and Killed Three People In South Africa
It is important to stress that this is probably not part of the reasons why Elon Musk would have nothing to do with his father. But then, the technologist once stated that his father has committed every crime imaginable, so this might as well be part of what he was referring to.
Errol Musk has insisted that he shot and killed the three fellows in self-defense and the law agrees with him. From what we gathered, about five or six armed men broke into his home, and Errol shot and killed three of them. He was arrested but later freed and cleared of all charges.
Elon Musk Has a Good Relationship With His Mother
- Full Name: Maye Musk (née Haldeman)
- Date of Birth: April 19, 1948
- Age: 72 Years Old
- Occupation: Model and Dietitian
Even though Maye Musk is famed as the mother of the popular SpaceX and Tesla founder, she carries a lot of clout in her own right as a model and a dietitian. She has been a part of the modelling industry for over 5 decades and is celebrated for maintaining her relevance thereof at an old age.
Born to famous parents in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Maya’s family relocated to South Africa in 1950 and settled in Pretoria, Her modelling career began in the country as she participated in the 1969 Miss South Africa beauty competition and finished as a finalist. Her marriage to Errol derailed her advancement in the field. She also abandoned her degree in dietetics to work for Errol as his accountant and typist.
Maye Was Cheated on and Physically Abused by Errol
Her sacrifices weren’t enough to guarantee a healthy marriage. Errol wouldn’t stop cheating on her and was physically abusive. Maye eventually decided to leave the marriage and they divorced in 1979. She had to work multiple jobs to take care of her kids as Errol refused to offer any financial support. Thankfully, she was able to kick-off her modeling career again when she moved to Canada.
Elon’s relationship with his mother is nothing like what he has with his father. Maye narrated in her autobiography that a five-year-old Elon would hit his father on the back of his knee in an attempt to get him to stop beating her. Maye and Errol have had no form of relationship since they parted ways. Errol divulged this sometime in 2018, stating that he and Maye haven’t spoken to each other for 37 years. She won’t speak to me even when we are in the same room, he said.
Where Is Elon Musk’s Mother Now?
To the best of our knowledge, Elon Musk’s mother is still an active member of the showbiz industry. In 2021, it was reported that she was signed by Creative Artists Agency, one of the most popular talent and sports agencies in the United States. It remains to be seen in what capacity she would be serving the agency based in Los Angeles, California.
Maye Musk also runs a business as a dietitian which has seen her travel across the globe to make presentations. It was in 2019 that she published her Memoir titled A Woman Makes a Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty, and Success. Elon’s mom is one of the oldest women who still works as a model and she majorly does so in Canada and the United States.
Who Are Elon Musk’s Siblings?
The billionaire technologist has two siblings: a younger brother named Kimbal and a younger sister named Tosca.
- Date of Birth: September 20, 1972
- Age: 48 Years Old
- Occupation: Restaurateur, Chef, and Entrepreneur
Kimbal has worked with Elon at various times in his entrepreneurial journey. He is also a board member of SpaceX and Telsa. Apart from his father, Kimbal has a good relationship with other members of his family. In fact, Elon began his journey to fame and fortune with Kimbal.
In 1995, Musk and Kimbal raised money from investors to start their web software company called, Zip2. They developed an online city guide for various publishing powerhouses like The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. The company was acquired in 1999 by Compaq for a total of $341 million in cash and stock options.
Kimbal also owns a chain of restaurants under The Kitchen Restaurant Group which has spread its operations to several states of the United States. Kimbal has been married twice: first to an interactive artist named Jen Lewin and currently to Christiana Wyly. He has three children thus far.
- Date of Birth: July 20, 1974
- Age: 46 Years Old
- Occupation: Filmmaker
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— Tosca Musk (@ToscaMusk) June 22, 2020
Like other members of her family, Tosca Musk doesn’t think highly of her father. She is a filmmaker who has been active for over two decades. Though she was born and raised in South Africa, Tosca Musk moved to Canada as a teenager and would subsequently attend the University of British Columbia.
Her career dates back to 1998 when she served as a production secretary for an episode of the television series titled Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic. The following year, she produced a segment of the TV series documentary, TV Guide Television. Tosca hasn’t taken a break since then. She has directed and produces scores of popular projects over time including Simple Things, Forever Christmas, Driven, and much more. Her works in the pipeline include Gabriel’s Rapture and wicked (The Wicked Trilogy).
Tosca co-founded Passionflix in 2017, a production company that also doubles as an entertainment streaming platform. While Elon Musk’s sister has devoted her life to making romance movies, much isn’t known to the public about her love life. Nevertheless, we can confirm she has two kids and, that her mother and brothers helped her chose her sperms donor.