Errol Musk says he’s not proud of Elon, his family has done ‘a lot’
- Elon Musk’s father, Errol, has told an Australian radio show that he is not proud of his billionaire son.
- He said the family had done a “lot of things”, although he added that Elon had “really exceeded the bar”.
- Errol Musk said Elon’s younger brother Kimbal was his “pride and joy”.
Elon Musk’s father said in an Australian radio interview on Monday that he was not proud of his billionaire son because his family did “a lot of things”.
In an extensive 20-minute interview on the Kyle and Jackie O Show, Errol Musk spoke about Elon and the rest of the Musk family, including Elon’s younger brother Kimbal.
Asked if he was proud of Elon, the 76-year-old replied: “No… We’re a family that’s been doing a lot of things for a long time. It’s not that we suddenly started doing something.”
Musk told the radio show that his children, Elon, Kimbal and Tosca, have traveled the world with him since they were little, visiting places like China and the Amazon rainforest.
“They’ve seen a lot and we’ve done a lot together,” he said on the show. “But Elon actually…really overshot the mark.”
Despite the success, senior Musk said the Tesla and SpaceX CEO is “not as happy as he would like” because he “feels he’s behind” with his businesses.
“Where he is now, he would have liked to be there five years ago,” Errol Musk told the radio show.
Elon wanted to launch SpaceX’s massive Starship spacecraft a long time ago, Musk said in the interview.
“He’s frustrated with progress.”
Later in the interview, Musk said Kimbal, Elon’s younger brother, was his “pride and joy.”
Musk said Kimbal was also a billionaire, but nowhere near as wealthy as Elon, who is worth $260 billion, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index.
It’s unclear if Kimbal Musk is actually a billionaire, with a Forbes article from 2021 putting his net worth at around $700 million.
Errol Musk also told the radio show that Kimbal was lucky in his marriage to Cristiana Wyly as they spend a lot of time together.
He added that he feared Elon could find a partner who would give up his career for him.
“He has to find a woman to give up what she’s doing and it’s not easy,” Musk said in the interview.
Elon Musk has been married three times, to his first wife Justine Wilson and twice to actress Tallulah Riley. He’s also been romantically involved with a string of celebrities, including musician Grimes and Amber Heard.
He was accused last month of having an affair with Nicole Shanahan, the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, an allegation he vehemently denied.