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Elon Musk doesn’t own his own home.
The billionaire SpaceX CEO – who Forbes rank as the world’s wealthiest billionaire with a worth of $219 billion – insisted his fortune isn’t as “problematic” as people may perceive as his “personal consumption” is relatively low because he spends his time staying in friends’ spare rooms and never takes holidays.
Speaking to TED head Chris Anderson, he said: “For sure, it would be very problematic if I was consuming billions of dollars a year in personal consumption.
“But that is not the case. In fact, I don’t even own a home right now. I’m literally staying at friends’ places.
“If I travel to the Bay Area, which is where most of Tesla’s engineering is, I basically rotate through friends’ spare bedrooms.
“I don’t have a yacht. I really don’t take vacations. It’s not as though my personal consumption is high. The one exception is a plane, but if I don’t use the plane, then I have less hours to work.”
In May 2020, Elon vowed to “own no house” and began selling his last four California homes.
He tweeted at the time: “I am selling almost all physical possessions. Will own no house.
“Just one stipulation on sale: I own Gene Wilder’s old house. It cannot be torn down or lose any its soul.”
The Tesla boss was recently revealed to have welcomed a daughter into the world with former partner Grimes in December 2021 via surrogate.
The ‘Genesis’ singer – who also has 23-month-old son X Æ A-Xii with Elon – explained the pair had actually split last September but she still views him as her “boyfriend”.
The pop star – whose real name is Claire Boucher – said: “There’s no real word for it. I would probably refer to him as my boyfriend, but we’re very fluid.
“We live in separate houses. We’re best friends. We see each other all the time… We just have our own thing going on, and I don’t expect other people to understand it.
“This is the best it’s ever been… We just need to be free.”
Grimes also hinted that she and Elon want to have more children.
She said: “We’ve always wanted at least three or four.”