Tesla boss Elon Musk has kept his promise to own “no homes”. He sold his seven California houses for a total of 128 million dollars (about 117 million euros), making a profit of 25 million dollars on sales (nearly 23 million euros), reports the British media The Independent Monday, March 14. The richest man in the world has claimed that he now wants to focus fully on his mission to send people to Mars.
If some may doubt his sincerity and accuse him of always wanting to make more money, this is not the opinion of his ex-girlfriend. Singer Grimes claimed in an interview with Vanity Fair that “the Mars project is difficult. He does not receive income for it. (…) It is for the good of humanity”, insisting that Elon Musk is reinvesting all of his money into research and development (R&D). According to the singer, the CEO of Tesla does not “live like a billionaire” and sometimes even lives “below the poverty line”. The couple would have lived in “a modest house of 40,000 dollars” (36,000 euros) where neighbors spent their time filming them. Grimes recalls eating “peanut butter for eight days straight.”
A controversial figure
Since selling his last home, Elon Musk has been living in a 400 square foot mobile home near SpaceX headquarters in Boca Chica, Texas. One of the mansions he sold was the former home of actor Gene Wilder, star of the film Charlie and the chocolate factory. He resolved to sell it on the condition that it would not be demolished and that it “lose none of its soul”. He agreed to sell it to the actor’s nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman. The latter was also delighted to have bought it at cost price. Elon Musk bought it for $6.75 million at the time and sold it for seven million.
Elon Musk is a divisive character, recalls The Independent, referring in particular to his latest controversial statements. Indeed, at the beginning of the year, he had praised the Canadian “Freedom Convoys”, which demonstrated and blocked the wheels to put an end to the vaccination obligation. On Monday March 14, he challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to face him in “single combat” for the sovereignty of Ukraine.