Elon Musk’s father, Errol Musk, has admitted he’s not proud of his billionaire son because the entire Musk family has accomplished “a lot of things for a long time.”
On Monday, the 76-year-old spoke about the ‘The Kyle and Jackie O Show‘ on Australian radio station KIIS FM for a 20-minute interview, in which he discussed the Tesla boss and the rest of the Musk family, including Elon’s younger brother Kimbal. In the interview, Errol downplayed the success of his billionaire son and criticized his physical appearance.
“Your offspring is a genius. He’s worth so much money and has created so many things that you can’t take it away from him. Are you proud?” host Jackie O asked Errol.
To this, the 76-year-old replied: “No. You know, we’re a family that’s been doing a lot of things for a long time, it’s not like we suddenly started doing something.”
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Errol told the radio show that his first wife’s children, Maye Musk, Elon, Tosca and Kimbal, had traveled the world with him since they were little, visiting places like China and the Amazon rainforest. “You’ve seen a lot of things and we’ve done a lot of things together,” he said, adding, “But Elon actually hit the mark.”
During the interview, Errol said his billionaire son feels he is five years behind in his career. “He (Elon Musk) is frustrated with progress and it’s understandable,” the billionaire’s father said. He added: “I know he sounds crazy, but we tend to think of it like family. He is now 50 years old and I still think of him as a little boy. But he is 50 years old, I mean he is an old man.”
Additionally, Errol went on to say that his son Kimbal Musk, 49, Elon’s younger brother, was his “pride and joy.” He also told the radio host that Kimbal was lucky in his marriage to Cristiana Wyly because they spend a lot of time together. He added that he worries that the CEO of SpaceX may not be able to find a partner who will give up a career for him.
Notably, Elon has nine children with four different women, but is currently single. Errol said, “He (Elon) has to find a woman who will stop what he’s doing, and that’s not easy.”
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In the 20-minute interview, the South African engineer criticized his eldest son’s physical appearance. When asked to comment on recent photos of Elon Musk from his trip to Greece showing the Tesla boss lounging topless on a yacht, Errol said: “Elon has a very strong build but has been eating poorly.” Errol also added that he has suggested Elon take diet pills.
Lastly, when asked by talk show hosts if he drives a Tesla, Errol admitted that his stable luxury vehicles didn’t include one of his son’s electric cars. He revealed that instead he owns a Bentley, a Rolls Royce and a Mercedes.
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