Currently the world's richest man as of 2022, Elon Musk is a South African immigrant who made his fortune through selling his web software company Zip2 to Compaq for $307 million in 1999, and later as part of the [[PayPal]] Mafia (see: [[PayPal Mafia Timeline]]).
Since then he has founded or significantly invested in the following companies:
- The Boring Company
# Right-wing views
Musk is known for his controversial political views and behaviors, including advocating for far-right Republican candidates in the 2022 mid-term elections on [[Twitter]] after purchasing the company -- despite earlier claiming the platform needed to remain politically neutral.
He has also "re-platformed" or publicized his intent to re-platform known anti-Semites, popular figures on the alt-right, and purveyors of hate speech including [[Donald Trump]] himself who were banned from the platform for inciting violence or engaging in other dangerous forms of targeting public figures or left-wing luminaries including sitting politicians.
Musk has also been associated with the recently disgraced [[Effective Altruism (EA)]] movement, having committed significant funding to EA cause priorities -- particularly those relating to [[artificial intelligence (AI)]] and [[Longtermism]].
# Elon Musk's wealth
Here's a breakdown of Elon Musk's wealth by type, based on the most recent available information:
Please note that the values listed above are approximate and subject to change. Additionally, it's worth noting that Elon Musk's net worth and the breakdown of his wealth by type are based on publicly available information and may not be complete or entirely accurate.
- [The Elon Musk Playbook](https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-business-playbook-boss-visionary-jerk-spacex-tesla-twitter-2022-12)
See also: [[Peter Thiel]], [[PayPal]]