Elon Musk vital stats:
Elon Reeve Musk, born 28 June 1971
Elon Musk’s children:
His first son, Nevada Alexander Musk, was born in 2002. Tragically, Nevada passed away aged 10 weeks, also in 2002.
Elon and wife Justine then welcomed twin sons Griffin Musk and Xavier Musk, born in 2004, via IVF.
Their triplet sons Kai Musk, Saxon Musk and Damian Musk, were born in 2006, also via IVF.
Who is Elon Musk?
Elon Musk is a tech CEO – best known as the co-founder of PayPal, Tesla, Inc, and Neualink, as well as the founder of SpaceX. He’s worth a reported $19.8 billion, as of October 2018.
He was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and currently lives in the US. He’s also a citizen of Canada.
He’s also become a bit of a, erm, Twitter celebrity as of late: he was fined a reported $40 million for one tweet which ‘mislead investors’, and was filmed smoking marijuana during a live interview, which saw Tesla shares crash as a result.
How did Elon meet his first wife and children’s mother, Justine Musk?
Justine Wilson met Elon at university in Ontario, Canada. Elon pursued her for dates, and after the pair graduated, met up again. Justine described the early days of their relationship in an essay for Marie Claire US, writing:
“After graduation, he’d moved to Silicon Valley. He was sharing an apartment in Mountain View with 3 roommates and building his first dot-com company, Zip2.
“I soon flew out for the first of many visits. One night, over dinner, he asked me how many kids I wanted to have. “One or 2,” I said immediately, “although if I could afford nannies, I’d like to have 4.”
“He laughed. “That’s the difference between you and me,” he said. “I just assume that there will be nannies.” He made a rocking motion with his arms and said, happily, “Baby.”
Elon and Justine married in 2000. She still uses the surname Musk, reportedly for the sake of her children.
Elon Musk’s son passes away of SIDS
In 2002, Justine gave birth to a baby boy, named Nevada Alexander Musk.
Tragically, the infant passed away later in the same year. At 10 weeks old, Nevada died of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Justine detailed the experience of her grief in the same Marie Claire piece: “By the time eBay bought PayPal in 2002, we had moved to Los Angeles and had our first child, a boy named Nevada Alexander.
“The sale of PayPal vaulted Elon’s net worth to well over $100 million. The same week, Nevada went down for a nap, placed on his back as always, and stopped breathing.
“He was 10 weeks old, the age when male infants are most susceptible to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
“By the time the paramedics resuscitated him, he had been deprived of oxygen for so long that he was brain-dead. He spent 3 days on life support in a hospital in Orange County before we made the decision to take him off it.
“I held him in my arms when he died.
“Elon made it clear that he did not want to talk about Nevada’s death. I didn’t understand this, just as he didn’t understand why I grieved openly, which he regarded as ’emotionally manipulative’.”
(We should add that this is Justine’s own experience and side of the story, and we don’t think Elon has ever spoken publicly about his son’s passing.)
We can only imagine the impact of this sort of loss on both mum and dad. What we do know is that the couple made the decision to try and get pregnant again.
Justine gives birth to twins AND then triplets
“I buried my feelings, coping with Nevada’s death by making my first visit to an IVF clinic less than 2 months later. Elon and I planned to get pregnant again as swiftly as possible,” Justine wrote in her essay.
“Within the next 5 years, I gave birth to twins, then triplets, and I sold 3 novels to Penguin and Simon & Schuster.”
The twins were born in 2004, and the triplets in 2006.
Justine and Elon divorced in 2008 – quite a messy divorce, with both parties writing pieces sharing their side of the story. Hers in her Marie Claire article (among others), and Elon’s on Business Insider.
Elon and Justine’s family life with Griffin, Kai, Saxon, Damian and Xavier
We don’t know too much about Elon’s life as a dad, to be honest – it’s not something he talks about loads.
We do know that Justine and Elon split custody of their 5 kids. Justine wrote Marie Claire that all their contact about the children happens via Elon’s assistant.
As of 2010, it was thought that she lived in the couples’ former family home, in Bel Air, with the children.
Elon affirmed this in his Business Insider essay – also calling his kids his true love: “Custody of our 5 children is split evenly. Almost all of my non-work waking hours are spent with my boys, and they are the love of my life.”
Naturally, Elon’s hectic work schedule doesn’t leave much time for a personal life, however a book by Ashlee Vance – which features interviews with Elon – reveals that his sons often visit his factories in California, and that they also embark on an annual camping trip together.
“I’m a pretty good dad,” Musk said in an interview for the book, according to QZ. “I have the kids for slightly more than half the week and spend a fair bit of time with them. I also take them with me when I go out of town.”
He also added in his Business Insider piece: “I almost never take vacations, apart from kid-related travel.”
He’s also said that he’s raising 5 boys “with great difficulty” in a previous live video interview.
Finally, it does appear all 5 boys go to school together. It’s been reported they all attend a non-traditional school invented and funded by Elon, called Ad Astra.
Does Elon Musk have a girlfriend?
One of the most popular questions on the web is probably about Elon’s highly-publicised love life. So, do the 5 boys currently have a stepmum figure in their life?
They did, a while back. Elon married British actress Talulah Riley (pictured with Elon, Griffin and Xavier) in 2010. They divorced in 2012, but remarried in 2013, only to divorce again in 2016.
Talulah shared some tidbits about her life as a stepmum and Elon as a dad while speaking to Ashlee Vance for his book. See the below passage:
“According to Riley, Elon is kind of cheeky and funny. He is very loving. He is devoted to his children. He tries to come home early for family dinners with me and the kids and maybe play some computer games with the boys.
“They will tell us about their day, and we’ll put them to bed. Then we’ll chat and watch something together on the laptop like The Colbert Report.
“On the weekends, we’re traveling. The kids are good travellers. There were billions of nannies before. There was even a nanny manager. Things are a bit more normal now. We try and do stuff just as a family when we can.
“We have the kids 4 days a week. I like to say that I am the disciplinarian. I want them to have the sense of an ordinary life, but they live a very odd life.
“They were just on a trip with Justin Bieber. They go to the rocket factory and are like, ‘Oh no, not again.’ It’s not cool if your dad does it. They’re used to it.”
After their split, Elon then dated actress Amber Heard, and is currently dating Claire Boucher, best known to many as the ‘indie’ pop star Grimes.
Not much is known about Grimes’ relationship with the boys – though her relationship with Elon is highly publicised.
Images: Getty Images / Forbes / Ad Astra