Elon Musk and mom Maye. Images via Instagram @mayemusk.

‘So annoying’: Elon Musk denies ‘fake emerald mine thing’

Elon Musk denied that his family owned an emerald mine yet again while his mom claims they lived in a ‘rent-controlled’ apartment.


Elon Musk and mom Maye. Images via Instagram @mayemusk.

South African-born billionaire Elon Musk has yet again denied that his family owned an emerald mine in Zambia – via a tweet on 8 January.  

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Maye Musk, the mom of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk , took to Twitter to claim that they lived in a “rent-controlled” apartment. The model shared a screenshot from an interview in 1998, she then questioned the emerald mine and “wealthy parents”.

The billionaire’s father Errol Musk was a South African engineer.

“Found this @CBSNews @elonmusk interview from 1998. I didn’t know about the emerald mine and wealthy parents until I read it on @Twitter about ten years ago. So, why did we live in a rent controlled apartment? #FUD,” she wrote.

Musk then tweeted that the “fake emerald mine thing” is “so annoying”. Take a look…

“The fake emerald mine thing is so annoying (sigh). Like where exactly is this thing anyway!?” he tweeted.

Business Insider previously reported that Musk’s family once owned an emerald mine in Zambia.

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Despite the billionaire denying that his family owned an emerald mine, his ex-girlfriend claimed she had a necklace with an emerald from his father’s mine. 

Jennifer Gwynne, who dated Elon Musk when they were both studying at the University of Pennsylvania – was selling photos and mementos from her relationship with the billionaire.

One of the other items being auctioned is a necklace that the billionaire gave to his then-girlfriend. Gwynne revealed that the gold necklace includes an emerald from the emerald mine the Tesla CEO’s father used to have half-shares in.

“When we went to visit Elon’s mother in Toronto during the Christmas break of 1994, Elon gave me both the small ‘love, love, love’ note and the necklace,” she said in RR’s statement according to CNN.

“His mom had a number of these necklaces in a case in her bedroom, and Elon told me they were from his father’s emerald mine in South Africa (sic) — he pulled one from the case. And because I had not gotten him anything as a Christmas gift (and I felt very guilty about that), he said we would consider the necklace an early birthday present for me,” she continued.

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