Elon Musk’s mother posts a picture of a baby girl as the businessman celebrates his 50th birthday

Elon Musk, born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1971, became one of the richest people in the world thanks to the value of his electric car company Tesla. His net worth is estimated to be around $184 billion (£132 billion).

Elon Musk’s mother, Maye, has posted a photo of a Tesla and SpaceX mogul as a baby as he celebrates his 50th birthday.

His fans are suggesting to celebrate his birthday by trying to raise the price of the Dogecoin meme to $0.50.

Where earlier this year, Dogecoin jumped to a record valuation, driven in part by Mr. Musk, and is now valued at around £0.18 per coin.

The billionaire responded to his mother’s public message on Twitter, which encouraged his fans to have the hashtag #HappyBirthdayElonMusk, with the red love heart emoji.

Musk made his first millions when he sold his software company Zip2 in 1999, then sold more than $100m (£71m) by selling PayPal, of which he was the largest shareholder with just over 11%, to eBay in 2002.

His antics on Twitter have drawn frequent criticism and threats. Last year, about $13 billion (£10 billion) was wiped out of the company’s market value when he tweeted that “the company’s share price is too high”.

In August 2018, he tweeted that he had secured funding that would potentially take Tesla private.

This led to a fraud case by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which Musk settled by agreeing to pay $20m (£16m) and having Tesla’s lawyers pre-screen tweets with important information about the company. Earlier this month, the watchdog accused Musk of violating that settlement.

In 2019, the billionaire won a defamation lawsuit against him by Vernon Unsworth during a cave rescue operation in Thailand in July 2018 to call a British cave expert a “sexual harasser”.

A California federal court heard Unsworth left him feeling “humiliated and ashamed” by Musk’s tweet.

Mr. Musk’s lawyers argued that it was nothing more than an insult on the court and did not constitute a genuine allegation of child sexual abuse.

The Briton, who helped rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach last year, angered the Tesla coach by calling his efforts to help a “PR stunt”.

Mr. Musk sent a small submarine to the site – which was never used – but Mr. Unsworth said the entrepreneur should “put his submarine where it hurts”.

He had earlier criticized Musk for calling the coronavirus lockdowns “forcibly imprisoning people in their homes” and “fascist.”

He said he did not know when Tesla could resume production in California and described the state’s stay-at-home order as a “grave risk” for the company.

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