hero, mytho, barred, zinzin, showman… – Liberation

Visionary, megalomaniac, Doctor Strangelove of new technologies, hostile raider, rival of Bill Gates, the new boss of Twitter appeared for the first time in “Liberation” in February 2014

Elon Musk’s name first appeared in Release February 23, 2014 on the occasion of the announcement of TGV of the future of the one we then nicknamed “the new Steve Jobs”, “the real Iron Man”, “a Leonardo da Vinci of the 21st century”… Eight years later his takeover of Twitter gives us the opportunity to look back on his journey: from Tesla to SpaceX, from his assumed megalomania to his questioned credibility, itinerary of a super rich in ten articles.

Don’t touch my Tesla: how French fans take care of the brand’s image

Accident in Paris, investigation into the “Autopilot” of its vehicles or complaints of harassment… Whatever happens, Tesla never flinches. Because she can count on a community of fans who defend her at all costs. See our video of January 14, 2022

Eradicate hunger with 2% of Elon Musk’s fortune: “It’s totally unrealistic”

The Tesla boss’s tweet promising six billion dollars in exchange for transparent declarations from the World Food Program has the president of Action Against Hunger, Pierre Micheletti, cringing. In an interview with “Libé”, he judges that this sum will not change anything on the merits. Read our interview of November 2, 2021

Objective Mars: Elon Musk, barred at take-off

The boss of SpaceX continues flight tests with his Starship rocket. In December, he announced a first manned mission to the red planet in four to six years. A totally unrealistic goal, but which has the merit of upsetting the pace of innovation. In two decades, the boss of SpaceX (and Tesla cars) has become essential in the space sector. Its reusable Falcon rockets have slashed the price of launches, and, under contract with NASA, the American company has developed a spacecraft capable of shuttling with the International Space Station (ISS) for four astronauts. The first flights took place in 2020. The first private company to send men into space, SpaceX enabled the United States to regain its independence from the Russians. Read our article of February 11, 2021

Elon Musk takes a step back at Tesla but stays behind the wheel

The road is still as winding and chaotic for Elon Musk. Surrounded by repeated controversies, the emblematic boss of Tesla had to give up his post on Saturday as chairman of the board of directors of the car manufacturer, of which he is the reference shareholder. He was pressured into resigning by the US stock market watchdog, the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), who accused him of “fraud”. Considered a visionary genius by some, the entrepreneur also agreed to pay a fine of 20 million dollars, which is added to another of the same amount that the company will settle. Read our article of September 30, 2018

And now, Elon Musk against the media…

Elon Musk, founder of Tesla cars and Space X rockets, the billionaire who successfully sent his red car to Mars, has just embarked on a “Trump-style” battle against the click-obsessed, sensationalist media, and submitted to their big advertisers. The reason ? A few accidents of his automatic cars, accidents probably due to a fault in the autopilot, and which have been widely publicized, commensurate with the media coverage that surrounds each of his initiatives (and exempts him from spending his dollars on advertising campaigns). And the billionaire to evoke the construction of a platform which would classify and rate the said media according to their credibility. Read our “media” column of May 27, 2018

Space X-Tesla: the show Musk go on

Elon Musk, geeky entrepreneur and billionaire from California, would like to colonize Mars and revolutionize automobile transport. Will it get there? In a long portrait he devoted to him in 2012, the magazine Esquire wondered: is the boss of Space X and Tesla a “visionary who pushes Americans to become explorers again” or a “a man so distracted by his vision that his work will remain only a series of brilliant disappointments” ? Six years later, the enigma remains intact. Read our April 17, 2018 profile

The suites ahead of Elon Musk

In recent years, the 40-year-old has embarked on solar energy, the development of a hyper-fast levitation train and the drilling of low-cost tunnels. As always with Elon Musk, the same questions emerge. Are we dealing with a techno visionary coupled with a leading entrepreneur? Or does the man disperse himself in oversold or unachievable projects? Read our article of April 17, 2018

Musk and Bezos, the space zinzins

In fifteen years, they have revolutionized space exploration. With respectively SpaceX and Blue Origin, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have touched the Holy Grail of the race for the stars: developing reusable rockets, the key to democratizing access to space and remobilizing an entire sector that was humming. The first, born in South Africa forty-six years ago, now an American citizen, is a jack-of-all-trades genius. Co-founder of PayPal, Elon Musk is now at the head of SpaceX, but also of Tesla, which manufactures electric cars, two activities which nevertheless represent only part of his schedule. The second, founder of Amazon, is at 54 the richest man in the world. He is also the owner of Washington Post, one of the main daily newspapers. Read our article of January 24, 2018

From Silicon Valley, Elon Musk wants to connect our brains to machines

We already knew that he had decided to begin the colonization of Mars by 2040, but he still had some under his feet… Elon Musk, the CEO of the astronautics company SpaceX and the car manufacturer Tesla, made a other topos of science fiction his new disproportionate project: to connect the human brain to computers. Read our article of March 28, 2017

Tesla, the green car takes watts

A 100% electric motor under the hood delivering 420 horsepower and acceleration worthy of a Porsche (0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds), a theoretical range of 500 kilometers if you don’t press too hard on the pedal , the comfort of a Mercedes and the lines of an Aston Martin… Welcome aboard the Tesla S. The “car of the future” in the opinion, of course, of the man who dreamed it up and drove it, the Californian multi-entrepreneur Elon Musk, who founded Tesla Motors in Palo Alto ten years ago, with the financial backing of a some Google. His specialty: the technological revolution. Read our article of February 23, 2014


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