Elon Musk fact-checked his own Wikipedia and requested a bunch of edits including the fact he does 'zero investing'
- Elon Musk has been perusing his Wikipedia page and suggesting edits.
- On Sunday the billionaire tweeted taking issue with being described as an investor on his Wikipedia page, saying he does "basically zero investing."
- His page was edited to remove the word "investor" later that day.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been spending the run-up to Christmas checking his Wikipedia page.
"Just looked at my wiki for 1st time in years. It's insane!" Musk tweeted on Sunday, saying the page was "a war zone with a zillion edits."
The tech billionaire also took issue with some of the language in the article. "Can someone please delete 'investor.' I do basically zero investing," he wrote.
Just looked at my wiki for 1st time in years. Itâ€™s insane! Btw, can someone please delete â€œinvestorâ€. I do basically zero investing.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 22, 2019
"If Tesla [and] SpaceX go bankrupt, so will I. As it should be," he added, implying that all his wealth is tied up in his shareholdings in both companies. This tallies with comments he made during his legal fight with UK cave diver Vernon Unsworth, during which he claimed to be cash-poor.
A Twitter user asked Musk if Tesla counted as an investment, to which he replied that he'd rolled the proceeds of all his companies forwards into one another. "These are all companies where I played fundamental founding role. Not right to ask others to put in money if I don't put in mine," he said.
Another Twitter user suggested that the term investor could be replaced with "business magnet," to which Musk replied "Yes" followed by a laughing and a heart emoji. Musk has previously joked he would like to be known as a business magnet, as opposed to a business magnate.
At 8.11 p.m. on Sunday an edit was made to Musk's Wikipedia page to replace investor with business magnet, "as requested by Elon Musk," according to the page's history. "Business magnet" has since been erased, but the "investor" edit was left unchanged.
Elon Musk has been known to invest in companies: he was an early investor in AI research startup DeepMind before it was bought by Google's parent company Alphabet in 2014. Musk told Vanity Fair in 2017 that he invested in DeepMind to keep an eye on the progress of AI rather than for financial return.
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