Elon Musk’s meteoric rise to riches has been the stuff of legends.
From a $10 billion (£6.4bn) start-up company, Tesla, to a $2.6 trillion (£1.6tn) market cap, the CEO has made the leap from a humble start-ups pitch to a billion dollar business.
And yet, despite his wealth, Musk is often criticised for not being the most socially minded person around.
In fact, Musk has made it clear he thinks of himself as a “social optimist”.
What’s more, he’s not afraid to go off script.
In an interview with Business Insider, Musk talks about the reasons he’s been able to make billions while still being “pretty quiet”.
Musk, who is best known for his rocket company SpaceX, has been outspoken on social issues, particularly his support for same-sex marriage.
In 2015, he gave a speech that sparked controversy and was banned from speaking at an American university.
He then faced a backlash when he told a conference that he didn’t believe in evolution and didn’t like people who don’t believe the same way he does.
Musk has been vocal on the topic of climate change, as well.
He recently said in an interview that climate change is “the greatest scam in the history of the world”.
But the CEO hasn’t always been so keen on talking about it.
When asked what he thought of the “alt-right”, Musk responded, “I think it’s a bunch of losers”.
Musk is not the only billionaire to be criticised for his politics.
The billionaire Warren Buffett, who famously raised $20 billion to fund his charitable foundation, has also been criticised for having a socially conservative politics.
While he has been a vocal supporter of gay rights, he has also made clear that he doesn’t agree with Donald Trump’s stance on LGBT people.
And while Musk has remained neutral on the issue, he recently suggested that he’s “probably the only one who’s got a problem with it”.
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