Elon Musk, vanishing point of today’s capitalism

Elon Musk, boss of Tesla and SpaceX, on August 29, 2022, in Stavanger, Norway, during the Offshore Northern Seas, international conference devoted to energy.
Elon Musk, boss of Tesla and SpaceX, on August 29, 2022, in Stavanger, Norway, during the Offshore Northern Seas, international conference devoted to energy. (CARINA JOHANSEN/AP/SIPA)

I have a hard time with the idea that Elon Musk would be the richest man in the world [209 milliards de dollars, selon le magazine « Forbes »]. I can’t quite believe it, like something broke with him from the billionaire mythology.

It is also more than likely that he will not remain a billionaire for long: either he will become the first billionaire of humanity, or his fortune will suddenly evaporate. Which basically amounts to exactly the same thing.

The man would be distinguished, according to his admirers, from other billionaires by his extreme frugality: he would have neither yacht nor house, and would sleep on the floor of his factories.

His only known hobby would be spending countless hours on Twitter. Apparently inexpensive hobby. Except when the most man

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