Elon Musk is now the richest person in the world with a net worth of $ 187 billion, and while her mother Maye Musk realized he was a genius when he was a child, she has admitted that she did not always know if the SpaceX boss was destined for greatness.
The 72-year-old model promoted The paperback release of the book A Woman Makes a Plan on CBS This Morning on Monday when she detailed how her children Elon, 49, Kimbal, 48, and Tosca, 46, discovered their passions at a young age.
‘At three I knew it [Elon] was a genius, ‘Maye told hosts Gayle King and Anthony Mason,’ but you still do not know if he is going to do great things because many geniuses just end up in a basement that is a genius but do not use it. ̵
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Proud mom: Maye Musk, 72, opened for her three children, Elon, 49, Kimbal, 48, and Tosca, 46, while appearing on CBS This Morning on Monday
Wow: While Elon (center) is the richest man in the world with a net worth of $ 187 billion, Kimbal (far right) founded a chain of farm-to-table restaurants and Tosca (far left) is a filmmaker
The proud mother remembered how her eldest son made a computer program game when he was 12 years old, which impressed a group of engineering students.
‘They said,’ Wow, he knows all the shortcuts, ‘she said of showing them the game.
Maye suggested that young Elon send the game to a magazine, and he earned $ 500.
‘I don’t think they knew he was 12,’ she said. ‘So that was a good start.’
One of Elon’s first businesses runs the software company Zip2, which he co-founded with his brother, Kimbal, and Greg Kouri with funds from a group of angel investors, including his mother.
Looking back: Maye said that each of their children found their individual passions at an early age while growing up in South Africa
Memories: Maye said she knew Elon was a genius when he was only three years old, but she was not always sure he was destined for greatness
Budding Engineer: Maye remembered how Elon made a computer program game when he was 12 years old for which he received $ 500 after sending it to a magazine
‘I was so excited when he started Zip2 because it just made life easier with door-to-door directions, and then newspapers could have a link that took you to a restaurant,’ Maye recalled.
‘I know it’s common now, but it was very unusual, and people did not think it was possible. So that’s why I invested in it in the very beginning – even though I did not have much money. ‘
“Then he thought the banking system needed some help, so he did PayPal,” Maye continued. ‘So after that he said, “Well, should he do space research or solar energy or electric cars?” And I said, “Just pick one,” and of course he did not listen to me. ‘
Asked if she owns a Tesla, Maye said: “Of course [Elon] get me the best. ‘
Elon and his partner Grimes welcomed their son X Æ A-Xii in May. He also shares five children with his first wife Justine, whom he shared in 2008. They have 17-year-old twin sons, Griffin and Xavier, and 15-year-old triplets, Kai, Saxon and Damian.
Supportive: The model said she invested in Elon’s company Zip2 in 1995, and remembered how she was “so excited” when he co-founded the software company with Kimbal and Greg Kouri.
Children: Elon shares 17-year-old twins, Griffin and Xavier, and 15-year-old triplets, Kai, Saxon and Damian with his ex-wife Justine (pictured with fiancée Talulah Riley and sons in 2010)
Latest Musk: Elon’s youngest child, eight months old X Æ A-Xii (left) – which he shares with musical artist Grimes (right) – was born in May
Elon may be the oldest and most famous of his children, but his siblings are equally remarkable. His brother, Kimbal, founded a chain of farm-to-table restaurants, and his sister, Tosca, is a filmmaker.
Their career choice is no surprise to their mother, who watched them pursue their interests from an early age while growing up in Pretoria, South Africa.
Maye admitted that Kimbal started cooking because he did not like the food she made when they were growing up.
‘I’m not a good cook, so that’s why he has restaurants,’ she explained. ‘He also makes vegetable gardens at underwater schools because he feels that children should always have vegetables and fruit.’
‘And of course Tuska was in the movies,’ the mother of three continued. ‘She just loved every movie, remembered every movie, and she wanted to get into the movie business, which of course I was very encouraged by.
Good example: Maye said that her mother (pictured with Maye when she was a child) never worried about aging or wrinkles and did not retire until she was 96
Rising stands: Maye is as impressive as the children, having found her greatest success as a model in the 60s and 70s
Exciting: Maye (pictured with Gayle King in January 2020) appeared on CBS This Morning on Thursday to promote the release of paperback book A Woman Makes a Plan
‘Who wants to be in the movie business?’ she said with a laugh. ‘And now she has her own platform, Passionflix. They all do the work they loved to do. ‘
Maye is as impressive as the children, having found her greatest success as a model in the 60s and 70s. The diet expert wrote history in 2018 when she became the face of CoverGirl at the age of 69, and her modeling career continues to thrive.
‘My mother never had problems with age,’ she recalled. ‘No one could tell her she was getting old. She retired at age 96, but before that she never talked about wrinkles or getting old or anything.
‘She was just always positive and always learned, educated, and I guess that’s a good example,’ she continued. ‘When I was in my 60s, people were talking about aging and being afraid of aging, and I said,’ Why are you afraid of aging? ‘
Maye noted that when women turn 50, they are ‘afraid of losing their jobs, but men of that age’ become CEOs and presidents. ‘
‘So what is it about?’ she asked. ‘We have to change that. If someone makes you feel bad about your age, just say goodbye. ‘