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inter-city rocket travelEdit

Should we include this in Elon's intro?

It's a proposal, nothing formally established. (talk) 22:28, 29 October 2017 (UTC)
It is one of several planned uses for the already-announced and under-active-development new launch vehicles of SpaceX: the BFR. There is more prose and citations in that article if any editor wants to reflect that "additional use". It is well cited, and notable.
Moreover, it is specifically mentioned in the long-form Rolling Stone article from mid-November 2017, now used as a source in the Musk article in several places. Musk calls it "Earth-to-Earth" in that article.
So I would say, yes, it can—and probably should—be included in the article lede as a few words, as long as someone takes the time to more fully explicate it and source it in the body of the article. Cheers. N2e (talk) 16:05, 25 December 2017 (UTC)

About Errol MuskEdit

Elon specifically states his father did not invest in Zip2 in his latest Rolling Stones feature interview. "One thing he claims is he gave us a whole bunch of money to start, my brother and I, to start up our first company [Zip2, which provided online city guides to newspapers]. This is not true," Musk says. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ivanalesi (talkcontribs) [1]

Semi-protected edit request on 28 November 2017Edit

Elon Musk Net worth is currently $21.5 Billion USD as of November 2017. On the wiki page, his net worth hasn't been updated since October. Tecboy1066 (talk) 15:21, 28 November 2017 (UTC)

  Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. —KuyaBriBriTalk 15:30, 28 November 2017 (UTC)

The article referencing his net worth #18, lists him at 52, but the Wikipedia article has him at 53. 2/14 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:30, 14 February 2018 (UTC)

The Net worth is $20.3 Billion USD as of March 2018 ( — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:07, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

African-American ?Edit

Does Musk self-identify as an "African-American" (as opposed to a "South African American")? Could we identify him as such? I didn't find any info on this issue in the article, so if anyone has any, it would be great if they could add it to the article. (talk) 15:10, 29 December 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 1 January 2018Edit

Please change Significaant development on the vehicles began to Significant development on the vehicles because significant is misspelled. Gerard.martin (talk) 04:57, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

  Done General Ization Talk 05:07, 1 January 2018 (UTC)


Shouldn't the name "PayPal" be in the lede? Yes, for people who happen to know, it's implied by X.Com, but PayPal is the consumer-brand name with which Musk is most strongly associated. - Jmabel | Talk 16:31, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

It is: "... and founder of, which merged with Confinity and took the name PayPal." General Ization Talk 16:40, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

Zolpidem usageEdit

(Reopened Edit request with better title.) --Guy Macon (talk) 15:30, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Why does his one tweet about nyquil get a section to itself? Seems like its nitpicking. He clearly wouldn't encourage alcohol and drugs to be mixed. (talk) 04:02, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

  Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. Jack Frost (talk) 12:48, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
Looks like he is talking about Elon Musk#Zolpidem usage. Also see[1]. I think there is a legitimate issue here: are we giving too much WP:WEIGHT to various tweets? Go to the article and search on the word "Twitter" to see how much content we are sourcing to twitter. Too much? Are we making too much about what appear to be jokes? If I were a celebrity, would my Wikipedia page document the various times I have joked "Note to self: next time, edit Wikipedia after smoking crack" after making an error? (For the record, I never take drugs or alcohol with the sole exception of caffeine.) --Guy Macon (talk) 15:30, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 12 February 2018Edit

Elon Musk's net worth as of February, 2018, is $20.4 billion dollars. MoistNuggets (talk) 16:49, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

  Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. —KuyaBriBriTalk 19:29, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
@Kuyabribri: The source is given in the article, they just want us to update it. Emir of Wikipedia (talk) 20:22, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
No change needs to be done right now though as the source currently says the amount stated in the article. Emir of Wikipedia (talk) 20:25, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 18 February 2018Edit

Please change "Net Worth" from 20.1 billion to 20.8 billion because Forbes, the currently listed source, has updated. Zennox1 (talk) 22:15, 18 February 2018 (UTC)

  Done As the net worth counter is in real time, I'm expecting a lot more of these sort of requests in the future. ChamithN (talk) 22:23, 18 February 2018 (UTC)

Who is paying for the Solarcity Buffalo factory?Edit

Near the end of article it says NY state is paying $750m to build it, and will then lease it to Solarcity for peanuts. In the Solarcity section it says that Solarcity is committed to building it. They can't both be right. This is very important, right? Boscaswell talk 12:29, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 27 February 2018Edit (talk) 01:07, 27 February 2018 (UTC)

Remove "Chairman of Solar City" and "Co-chairman of OpenAI" from the right-hand panel, both of which are no longer true.

  Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. qwerty6811 :-) (talk) 17:36, 27 February 2018 (UTC)
I made the edits. That SolarCity was acquired is already sourced, for example under [2]. Rolf H Nelson (talk) 06:39, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

Ambiguity about educationEdit

The section on education states: "At the age of 17, Musk was accepted into Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, for undergraduate study. In 1992, after spending two years at Queen's University, Musk transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where in May 1997 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from its College of Arts and Sciences..."

First of all, this implies that he was 19 in the year 1992. He wasn't. He would've been 19.

Next it states: "In 1995, at age 24, Musk moved to California to begin a PhD in applied physics and materials science at Stanford University, but left the program after two days to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations..."

So either Musk was at U.Penn pursuing his Bachelor degree or he was in California enrolled for a PhD? Which is it? If both these things are simultaneously true, there should certainly be some clarification. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Parijatgarg (talkcontribs) 19:30, 3 March 2018 (UTC)

He left in 1995 to start his PhD at Stanford but didn't technically graduate until 1997. It is confusing, I agree. Hrodvarsson (talk) 02:55, 4 March 2018 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 16 March 2018Edit

The Hyperloop is a futuristic mode of transportation that consists of passenger pods traveling through tubes at speeds of more than 500 miles per hour. And the first one is being built currently in the desert, north of Las Vegas, Nevada. Alexday001 (talk) 06:22, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

  Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. JTP (talkcontribs) 13:23, 16 March 2018 (UTC)
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