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    After the tumult of this quixotic year so far – in which he’s admitted to secretly fathering twins with a colleague, swooped in to buy Twitter, run away from the deal, then seen his child seek to change their name because they want nothing to do with him - you might think that can’t possibly be another twist in Elon Musk’s astonishing life story. Yet there is. For yesterday, the Wall Street Journal aired what is surely the ultimate story betrayal at billionaire level: that Musk, the world’s richest man, had a ‘brief’ affair with the wife of his long-standing friend and sometime business ally Sergey Brin. Brin is the world’s seventh richest man. The affair, according to the WSJ, happened in December last year and has led to the swift collapse of Brin’s marriage to stunning brunette Nicole Shanahan, Brin’s second wife and the mother of his young daughter. Nicole Shanahan and Sergey Brin married in 2018 but filed for divorce in December 2021 citing 'irreconcilable differences' Elon Musk’s alleged affair with Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s wife last year led...
    A top Tesla executive has left the electric vehicle maker amid an investigation into whether he misused his position to purchase a hard-to-get glass for Elon Musk.  Omead Afshar, who runs the firm's Texas plant and is one of Musk's top lieutenants, is expected to part ways with Tesla, likely through a leave of absence, insiders allege. Investigators began probing Afshar after a purchase order for a rare glass was flagged as suspicious earlier this year.  Sources told Bloomberg the executive requested the glass be ordered, telling employees it was for a 'special project.' Officials are now trying to determine if the glass was ordered for Musk's personal use. News of Afshar's exit comes just one day after the company reported higher-than-expected quarterly profits and converted about 75 percent of its Bitcoin into nearly $1 billion in cash. Insiders allege Tesla executive Omead Afshar (pictured) - who runs the firm's Texas plant and is one of CEO Elon Musk's top lieutenants - is expected to part ways with the company amid an investigation into whether he misused his position to purchase a hard-to-get glass The...
    Elon Musk is taking his longest break from Twitter in almost five years as he deals with a range of problems at his companies, including legal woes, financial obstacles and employee strife, along with 'personal issues.' The billionaire, who is in the process of acquiring Twitter for $44 billion and tweets frequently about everything from politics and business to fertility and cheese, last posted the evening of June 21 in response to a tweet about SpaceX and its dealings with the FCC.  The Tesla and SpaceX CEO is also facing the fallout from his daughter, Vivian Jenna Wilson - who was recently granted permission to change her name from Xavier Alexander Musk - saying she no longer wants to be related to her biological father 'in any way.' Scroll down for video  Prolific tweeter Elon Musk has taken a long break from Twitter. Pictured above is his last tweet from June 21  Wilson, 18, adopted her mother Justine's maiden name as part of her transitioning process.  Musk, who has fathered a total of eight children, has not commented publicly on the...
    Elon Musk, who has been a regular newsmaker with his tweets, has been quiet for the last ten days. Musk has not tweeted a single statement since July 21, a surprising change for the tech billionaire considering his consistent presence on the platform. While Musk has not provided a reason why, there are a number of business and personal reasons that may be affecting the man's conduct. Musk has been a serial tweeter since 2012, and has posted more than 15,000 tweets since he created his account in 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal. While Musk has not spoken publicly in that 10-day period regarding the reason for his silence, his business and personal life have been notably fraught in recent weeks. Tesla continues to face growing scrutiny over its practices. The company laid off nearly 200 autopilot workers in California on Tuesday, likely as part of the company's planned mass layoffs. Those layoffs have led to a News
    SpaceX has fired employees who slammed Elon Musk's 'embarrassing and distracting' tweets  SpaceX has fired some of the employees behind a letter criticizing CEO Elon Musk's 'embarrassing' and 'distracting' tweets yesterday, claiming some workers were pressured into signing it.  The letter was posted to the company’s internal communications system Wednesday, hours after Musk revealed publicly that he had voted for a Republican candidate for the first time by voting for Mayra Flores in South Texas.  In the letter, the unnamed workers gave the company's directors 'one month' to 'swiftly and explicitly separate' from 'Elon's personal brand'.  They demanded that the company become more 'inclusive', and said its 'zero asshole' policy was not enforced clearly.  It's unclear exactly how many people signed it or which employees instigated it but it slammed Musk for his unfiltered comments on Twitter, his new company, and called them unprofessional.  The New York Times on Friday revealed that some of those employees were fired afterwards.  In an internal statement Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President and COO, said: 'The letter, solicitations and general process made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated...
    In an SEC filing this Monday, following the acceptance of Elon Musk’s offer to purchase the company, among potential risks, Twitter included “the possibility that our current employees could be distracted, and their productivity decline as a result, due to uncertainty regarding the merger.” Left unsaid was that current employees might also be distracted (and potential employees put off) by Musk’s own behavior on Twitter since the deal was announced. Last week, Musk retweeted a post that was critical of one of Twitter’s key executives. Many of his followers responded by attacking the executive with racist and sexist tweets. This was not an unexpected development: last year, for example, after Musk tweeted criticism about the appointment of a particular professor as an advisor to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, his followers targeted her with personal and sexist attacks, too — after which she deactivated her Twitter account. Now, Musk says that he would like “a much bigger percentage of the country to be on (Twitter), engaging in dialogue” and that he would like the platform to be “as broadly...
    "Rep. Adam Schiff, who has spent more time promoting conspiracy theories - to the considerable detriment of our country - than nearly anyone in public life over the last few years, wants you to think he’s concerned about disinformation on social media," Drew Holden tweeted. BlazeTV host Dave Rubin of "The Rubin Report" responded to Schiff's tweet by posting a string of clown emojis. Many people have been critical of Twitter for engaging in censorship and are hopeful that Musk will transform the platform into a haven for free speech. "I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law. If people want less free speech, they will ask government to pass laws to that effect. Therefore, going beyond the law is contrary to the will of the people," Musk tweeted on Tuesday. "For Twitter to deserve public trust, it must be politically neutral, which effectively means upsetting the far right and the far left equally," Musk remarked in a tweet on Wednesday. Twitter announced on Monday that the company "has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired...
    Elon Musk has mocked Jeff Bezos amid a legal spat over plans for SpaceX's Starlink satellite network and a NASA deal. In what has been dubbed the billionaire space race, Bezos and Virgin's Richard Branson both entered orbit in the last few months, while Musk's company successfully completed the first all-civilian space flight.   But when asked about Bezos at the 2021 Code Conference in Beverly Hill on Tuesday, Musk joked that the Amazon founder's rocket 'could be a different shape'.  'Could you explain from a technological point of view why it's that shape?' journalist Kara Swisher asked Musk in a live interview. 'If you are only doing suborbital, then your rocket can be shorter, yes,' he said. The comments made reference to Bezos' much-mocked New Shepard rocket, the design of which drew comparisons to male genitalia, spawning innumerable memes. Musk's jibe on Tuesday came amid an ongoing legal battle between Amazon and SpaceX over the Starlink satellite network. Elon Musk (pictured) mocked Jeff Bezos at the 2021 Code Conference on Tuesday amid a legal spat over plans for SpaceX's Starlink...
    In this article TSLAElon Musk, founder of SpaceX and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., arrives at the Axel Springer Award ceremony in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesTesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that his electric vehicle and solar business could help bitcoin miners switch to renewable energy, but is currently limited by tight supply of battery cells. He also acknowledged that Tesla is still not manufacturing its custom-designed 4680 cells for commercial use in electric cars or energy storage systems yet. The comments came during an appearance at The B Word Conference, which was focused on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. During a panel, Square Crypto lead Steve Lee asked Musk what the energy-intensive bitcoin industry can do "to accelerate the transition to renewable energy" and "could Tesla Energy play a role?" Musk replied, "Well, I think Tesla can play a role." Then, the 50-year-old CEO broke into a reflective moment, implying that Tesla's entire reason for existence was to transition the world to clean energy. "I would say I've had some pretty tough...
    Elon Musk tried his hand at hosting "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend and while the Tesla CEO’s showing yielded mixed reviews in the court of public opinion, Musk’s display is speaking volumes with regards to his personal brand image, according to one media and public relations expert. Eric Schiffer, an author and leading expert in media and branding, believes Musk helped himself immensely during his appearance on the live sketch show simply in the way he was able to personally connect with viewers either by being just moderately funny in some instances and being self-deprecating in others. "I think his appearance was a seismic shift in the future of his brand because it allowed him to out-position himself from most entrepreneurs who are not able to connect emotionally and humble themselves in ways that he did," Schiffer told Fox News of the SpaceX head honcho’s willingness to reveal personal anecdotes about himself, like how he has Asperger's. "Very, very few super-successful entrepreneurs are willing to be so revealing and vulnerable which will always connect with people," continued the Mensa member. "That's...
    The pandemic has been a blessing for Big Tech billionaires, with the CEOs of companies such as Tesla, Amazon, Google, and Facebook increasing their personal wealth by tens of billions each in the past year. Many of the United States's wealthiest individuals are tech barons, showing the strength and dominance of an industry that has grown substantially despite the coronavirus-induced pandemic. The respective CEOs — Elon Musk of Tesla, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and seven other tech titans — made more than $380 billion from last February to this February, according to an analysis of Bloomberg's Billionaires Index by the Washington Examiner. (Screenshot) FOUR HIDDEN WAYS BIG TECH PLATFORMS SUCK UP YOUR DATA Nearly all the wealth accumulation was tied to significant increases in the share price of the companies the billionaires co-founded or lead and in which they still hold major shares. Musk, who more than quadrupled his wealth from $41.3 billion to $200 billion from Feb. 17, 2020, to the same day in 2021, is now neck and neck with Bezos for the...
    Reddit users on WallStreetBets (WSB) drew accusations of “market manipulation” last week as they cost hedge funds billions of dollars by driving up the price of GameStop and other struggling stocks, but hedge funds and billionaires have a long history of playing games with the market themselves. The share price of GameStop has come tumbling back towards earth, and the market has recovered from losses sustained at the peak of the WSB episode. But some billionaires like Leon Cooperman have continued to bash WSB and decry calls to increase taxes and regulations on billionaires. Here are five times billionaires and hedge funds played stock market games like some of them now accuse WSB of doing: New York Hedge fund billionaire Leon Cooperman just now on CNBC: “People are sitting at home getting their checks from the government. This ‘fair share’ is a bullshit concept and is just a way to attack wealthy people.” pic.twitter.com/9jhwSaSH9t — Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) January 28, 2021 Bill Ackman Profits From The COVID-Crash Chief of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Bill Ackman appeared on CNBC...
    Biden pledges to vaccinate millions, reopen schools in first 100 days Trump calls on Supreme Court to ‘have the courage’ to overturn Biden’s election victory Musk Relocates to Texas, Criticizes ‘Complacent’ California (Bloomberg) -- Elon Musk has moved to Texas to focus on two big priorities for his companies: SpaceX’s new Starship spacecraft and Tesla Inc.’s new Gigafactory, currently under construction in Austin. © Bloomberg Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) and Tesla Inc., speaks during an event at the SpaceX launch facility in Cameron County, Texas, U.S., on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Musk gave space fans an update Saturday evening on the status of "Starship," the next-generation vehicle his SpaceX plans to use to eventually take humans to Mars. There also are potentially enormous tax implications for Musk, who recently became the world’s second-wealthiest person. Texas has no personal income tax, while California imposes some of the highest personal income levies in the nation on its richest residents. Load Error “I have moved to Texas,” Musk said Tuesday, speaking in a live...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/CNN) — It’s been quite a month for San Francisco Bay Area tech guru Elon Musk. Space X has successfully launched a crew to the International Space Station and also lifted the Sentinel-6 satellite into orbit and now Tesla has helped fuel the Dow’s historic climb Tuesday over 30,000. Tesla, which is set to be added to the S&P 500 next month, surged to a new record high — $548 a share in mid-day trading — and is now valued at more than $500 billion. With the climb, Musk’s personal wealth has risen to over $127.9 billion. According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index that exceeds Bill Gates $127.7 billion. Only Amazon’s Jeff Bezos at $182 billion is ranked ahead of him and his wealth also jumped during Tuesday’s stock market climb as his company’s shares were up $20.98 in mid-morning trading to $3,119. All the other FAANG stocks that fuel Silicon Valley were also up on the historic day. Facebook was up $5.53 a share to $274 with CEO Mark Zuckerberg ranking No.5 on the Bloomberg wealth list...
    Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Model S would be the first car to include the new prototype color that they will develop in the innovative paint shop of the electric car firm Last year, Elon musk shared the news of the construction of the new ‘most advanced paint shop’ in the Gigafactory Berlin. The CEO spoke about the new multi-layer paints that will instill the cars of Tesla and they would give it a multi-tone effect. “Giga Berlin will have the most advanced paint shop in the world, with more dazzling layers of colors that subtly change with curvature,” Musk shared. Musk He said Tesla is working on a new ‘deep crimson red’ that is becoming his favorite hue. According to the Electrek portal, a Tesla Model S with a special color in the executive parking lot of the SpaceX headquarters and a conversation via twitter left between seeing that it was Musk’s personal car. @elonmusk Is this the “deep crimson” Tesla paint color you were talking about loving recently and that is planned for Giga Berlin? (I think this...
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