Elon Musk’s mom gives her take on what ‘genius’ son should do with Twitter; says he won’t take her advice

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Elon Musk’s 74-year-old mother claimed she knew her son was a genius at 3-years-old and said he refuses to take her advice. She also offered her take on what he should do with Twitter after taking it over.

The Tesla tycoon’s model mother appeared on the “Today” show Tuesday to discuss her son and her recent Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photo shoot. Maye Musk is the oldest model to ever appear on the coveted cover.

She noted that she has attempted to advise Musk on his business dealings previously, telling him he shouldn’t get into solar energy, electric cars, or rockets. He gently rejected her warnings and “didn’t listen to her.” She seems pleased that he went his own way.

“He should do whatever he wants. I told him not to do an electric car as well as rockets and he didn’t listen to me,” she told hosts, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager.

Elon Musk is in the middle of purchasing Twitter for $44 billion. But the deal was put “temporarily on hold” while he attempts to verify how many spam bot accounts currently make up for the site’s overall usage. If the number is greater than 5 percent, the offer price for Twitter will almost assuredly drop. Musk contends that bots make up roughly half of Twitter’s users which is more than ten times what the company has claimed.

“My offer was based on Twitter’s SEC filings being accurate. Yesterday, Twitter’s CEO publicly refused to show proof of <5%. This deal cannot move forward until he does,” Musk proclaimed on May 13 concerning his pending purchase of the social media platform.

“Yes [I knew he was special from the beginning],” Maye Musk commented on the show. “At three years old I took him to the nursery school and I said, ‘I want to enroll him.’ They said he should really wait a year. I said, ‘No, I have a genius son.’ They rolled their eyes. Everybody.”

“Because he was shy, they didn’t see the genius, because I was the only person he had to talk to. That’s why I knew about this. He would reason with me but remember everything going on,” she continued.

The proud mother never dreamed that her son would become one of the richest men in the world with an approximate worth of $232 billion according to Forbes. She also didn’t foresee that he would launch numerous successful companies either.

She remarked that you often “have a genius who sits in a basement with genius things but can’t apply it [to the real world].”

Maye Musk credits Elon’s younger brother Kimbal with helping his brother excel in the business world.

The brothers founded a web software company together called Zip2 in 1995 according to the Daily Mail. It was later bought by Compaq for $307 million in 1999. Musk received $22 million for the sale of his seven percent share of the company.

“In the beginning, Kimbal was with him in the first company and Kimbal could explain what a computer is… what’s a curser, what’s a mouse, and the background as to why the program is so great,” Maye Musk recalled.

Elon Musk’s next venture was X.com which was an online financial service that later became PayPal after merging with Cofinity in 2000. When PayPal was sold to eBay for $1.5 billion, Musk netted $175.8 million.

At that point in history, Musk stepped into the limelight and started crafting a public persona that would help propel his goals involving rockets, electric cars, and solar energy.

“After he sold PayPal, I saw there was an interview with him, and I called him and I said, ‘Elon, you did an interview,'” his mother recalled. “And he said, ‘No one will sell me rocket parts because they don’t know who I am, I’ve never done an interview.’ Because Kimbal would do it all.”

“[Raising three kids] is not difficult. What’s difficult is having a nasty partner, that’s difficult,” Maye Musk remarked when asked about Elon’s father, Errol.

“I was always better off [without him]. I couldn’t afford things but I didn’t have somebody screaming at me,” she said. “It was hard to run away, you’re scared, you have no confidence, you don’t know if you’ll survive. But you can always go back to a nasty situation so you have a choice.”

After leaving her husband, Maye moved her family to Toronto, Canada. She worked multiple jobs in order to support her family as a single mother.

“I was doing any kind of job,” she reminisced. “I was lecturing two nights a week in Toronto where I would take two buses and the subway and then walk half a mile in snow – I couldn’t afford a good coat and I couldn’t afford shoes so you’re really quite cold – to give talks on nutrition. And I used to say, ‘Life’s got to get better than this.’ But I had to do it at the time.”

“I had three kids to feed. I just had to get out there all the time. You get a lot of rejection and you just keep going,” the model and businesswoman concluded.

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