Elon Musk could easily build his beloved mother her very own quarters at but instead, she chooses to sleep in the garage.
Thanks to his various business interests such as Tesla, SpaceX and Neuralink, Elon, 51, has become the richest man in the world with a staggering fortune of $257billion (£219bn).
The entrepreneur is famously modest in his materialistic assets, previously claiming to live in a $50,000 (£42,600) rental property near the SpaceX headquarters despite reports he sofa-surfs at his multi-millionaire friend Ken Howery’s $12million (£10.2m) mansion.
In May 2020, Elon tweeted: ‘I am selling almost all physical possessions. Will own no house.’
Well, it seems the businessman’s mother shares his frugal nature as Maye Musk refuses to demand luxury living quarters when she visits him at the SpaceX base in Boca Chica, Texas.
‘I have to sleep in the garage. You can’t have a fancy house near a rocket site,’ Maye, 74, when asked how she slums it at the site.
When asked if Elon is ‘interested in possessions’, Maye replied: ‘No, not at all in that sense.’
Despite its apparently unremarkable aesthetic, SpaceX was valued at an eye-watering $127bn earlier this month following a cash injection from South Korean investors.
Maye often speaks of her pride in Elon’s achievements and admitted she ‘knew he was a genius’ when he was just three years old, adding: ‘But you still don’t know if he’s going to do great things. Because many geniuses end up in a basement being a genius but not applying it.
‘So 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. I know that’s common now, but that was highly unusual and people didn’t believe that that’s possible, and so that’s why I invested in that at the very beginning.’
Maye said on CBS This Morning in 2021; ‘And then of course he thought the banking system needed some help, so then he did PayPal. And then after that, he thought, well, should he do space research or solar energy or electric cars? I said just choose one, and of course he didn’t listen to me.’