Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has put up a bounty of one million Dogecoins as a reward for anyone who can provide credible evidence that he or his family has ever owned an emerald mine.
Musk, who was born in South Africa and has been the subject of persistent rumors about his family’s wealth and alleged ownership of an emerald mine, took to Twitter to dispel the misinformation.
Musk has repeatedly denied the claims that his father, Errol Musk, had an interest in an emerald mine.
In a tweet, he stated, “Elon Musk never owned an emerald mine. An open offer of 69.420 Doge to all the media outlets who are publishing false information. Send me proof of its existence & take your doge.”
In response, Musk declared, “I will pay a million Dogecoin for proof of this mine’s existence!”
The bounty offered by Musk amounts to approximately $84,000, a relatively small sum for someone with a net worth of around $185 billion.
Musk has previously spoken out about the false rumors surrounding his family’s alleged ownership of an emerald mine. In a tweet from last year, he wrote, “He [Errol] didn’t own an emerald mine & I worked my way through college, ending up ~$100k in student debt. I couldn’t even afford a 2nd PC at Zip2, so programmed it at night & the website only worked during the day. Where is this bs coming from?”
He reiterated his frustration with the misinformation in a tweet from January, saying, “The fake emerald mine thing is so annoying (sigh). Like where exactly is this thing anyway!?”
Despite the rumors, there is no concrete evidence to support the claims that Musk or his family have ever owned an emerald mine.
There is a report that suggests Musk mentioned his father’s share in an emerald mine in Zambia during an interview with Forbes in 2014.
Musk’s offer of a one million Dogecoin bounty has sparked widespread interest and speculation among his followers and the media.
Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency that started as a joke but has gained significant popularity in recent years, has been the subject of Musk’s tweets and endorsements in the past, causing fluctuations in its value. Musk’s bounty has also drawn attention to the persistent rumors and misinformation that circulate about public figures, including their personal wealth and family background.
As one of the richest individuals in the world, Musk has often been the target of speculation and rumors regarding his personal and family wealth.
However, he has has always been outspoken in denying false information and setting the record straight.