Elon Musk’s father, Errol Musk, has admitted he’s not proud of his billionaire son because the entire Musk family has “achieved a lot for a long time.”
On Monday, the 76-year-old spoke about the ‘Kyle and Jackie O’s Show‘ on Australian radio station KIIS FM for a 20-minute interview, in which he spoke about the Tesla chief and the rest of the Musk family, including Elon’s younger brother, Kimbal. In the interview, Errol downplayed his billionaire son’s success and took a dive into his physical appearance.
“Your progeny is a genius. He is worth so much money and has created so many things, you can’t take that 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’re suddenly going to do something.”
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Errol told the radio show that his children from his first wife Maye Musk — Elon, Tosca and Kimbal — had traveled the world with him from an early age, visiting places like China and the Amazon rainforest. “They’ve seen a lot of things and we’ve done a lot of things together,” he said, adding: “But in fact Elon really exceeded the target.”
During the interview, Errol said that his billionaire son feels that he is five years behind schedule in his career. “He (Elon Musk) is frustrated with progress and that’s understandable,” said the billionaire’s father. He added: “I know it sounds crazy, but we tend to think like that as a family. He’s 50 now and I still consider him a little boy. But he’s 50, I mean, that’s an old man.”
Furthermore, Errol said his 49-year-old son Kimbal Musk, Elon’s younger brother, was his “pride and joy”. He also told the radio show host that Kimbal was lucky in his marriage to Cristiana Wyly because they spend a lot of time together. He added that he is concerned that the SpaceX CEO will not be able to find a partner who would give up a career for him.
Notably, Elon has nine children with four different women, but is currently single. Errol stated, “He (Elon) has to find a woman to give up what she’s doing, and that’s not easy.”
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In the 20-minute interview, the South African engineer then took a swipe at his oldest child’s physical appearance. When asked to comment on recent photos of Elon Musk from his trip to Greece, showing the Tesla chief relaxing topless on a yacht, Errol said, “Elon is very strongly built, but he ate badly.” Errol also added that he suggested Elon take diet pills.
When the talk show hosts asked him if he drove a Tesla, Errol admitted that his stable luxury cars didn’t include any of his son’s electric cars. He revealed that he owns a Bentley, a Rolls Royce and a Mercedes instead.