Everything That Elon Musk Spent $83 Billion Dollars On

Elon Musk is America’s resident eccentric billionaire, in addition to being one of the most entertaining people on Twitter. Musk first became rich when he founded PayPal, which eBay bought in 2002 for over $1 billion. After that, the Ivy League graduate founded Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company, Neuralink, and OpenAI, all of which are dedicated to using cutting-edge technology to make the world a better place.

Musk didn’t start with much, though he always had talent for anything technical, and he loved to read. When he was twelve, he created and sold his own video game for $500. That clearly was a precursor for the billionaire we see today. As of now, Musk’s net worth has been estimated as high as $190 billion.

Though Musk takes very little in actual salary from his companies, the Tesla tech whiz has a lot of money, and, as you can imagine, he loves to spend it. On this list, you’ll find the backstory behind some of Elon Musk’s most prized possessions. 

1. Falcon 9 Rocket

Year Purchased: 2010
Estimated Value: $62 million*

SpaceX is Elon Musk’s innovative space exploration company. As the company’s website put it, SpaceX was founded to “revolutionize” the world of “space technology,” and it uses products like the Falcon 9 to do so. SpaceX makes and launches rockets, and Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket that transports satellites and spacecraft.

It’s partially reusable, and both its first and second stages are powered by Merlin engines, which are also made by SpaceX. These engines use rocket-grade kerosene and cryogenic liquid oxygen to propel them. So far, Falcon 9, in all its versions, has had 108 total launches. The reused Falcon 9 costs $12 million less than a new Falcon 9.

The AeroJet competitor doesn’t hesitate to spend millions building its rockets. The Falcon 9 costs $62 million. After a series of shaky launches and setbacks, the Falcon 9 had its most recent successful launch in November of 2020, something CNBC called a “historic milestone” for Musk’s SpaceX. The billionaire’s ultimate goal is to fly people into space on a regular basis. 

2. Gulfstream Jet

Year Purchased: 2016
Estimated Value: $70 million*

FAA records show that Elon Musk has not just one but two Gulfstream Jets. The billionaire never hesitates to put a lot of miles on his jets, so it’s probably for the best that he has two. His shell company, Falcon Landing LLC, was the purchaser of the G550, which sits in the hangar next to its larger sibling, the G660.

The new jet can fit seventeen passengers, and the interior of the Gulfstream can reportedly be reconfigured into sleeping arrangements for long flights. The newest G550 will possibly fly to the private village that Tesla is thinking of building on the Texas coast. Currently, the company is buying out village residents to make that happen.

It’s rare that a company will buy an entire village just to take vacations, but that appears to be what’s happening with the little town of Boca Chica, Texas. Boca Chica looks like something out of a Western movie, but, if SpaceX gets its way, it might look like something far more futuristic. 

3. Bond Car (Lotus Esprit)

Year Purchased: 2013
Estimated Value: $1 million* ($100 Original Price)

In 1989, a Long Island couple paid $100 for an abandoned storage unit. It’s not uncommon, as people hope to find something of value in these shuttered units. And that was definitely the case, when the unit was revealed to contain a Lotus Esprit from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

“Wet Nellie,” as it’s known, was custom-built for The Spy Who Loved Me. The Esprit was picked to give Bond a glamorous vehicle, and the name came from “Little Nellie,” which was an autogyro from the movie You Only Live Twice. At the time, Wet Nellie cost $100,000 to make ($458,000 in today’s money).

The couple said they “didn’t really know” what the car was at first, until they had it appraised. Once they did, they restored the vehicle and displayed it at shows until 2013, when the pair decided to sell it. Elon Musk, a huge fan of the action thriller series from MGM Studios, stepped in and paid $1 million for the car, turning the couple’s original $100 purchase into a six-figure score.

4. Tesla Stock

Year Purchased: 2020
Estimated Value: $150 billion*

Elon Musk, as mentioned, doesn’t really take a salary from any of his companies. In fact, as records show, he made $0 in salary from Tesla in recent years. However, what he doesn’t make in salary, he more than compensates for in stock owned. He owns 193.3 million shares of Tesla.

According to CNBC, that 20.7% ownership is worth $150 billion. That’s more than three times as many shares as the next Tesla investor, Capital Research & Management Co., who owns 5.51%. Interestingly, when the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, was asked if he would become a Tesla investor, he said, simply, “No.” 

Though Berkshire Hathaway won’t touch Tesla, Warren Buffett’s company owns $1.57 billion worth of General Motors stock. The feelings between Buffett and Musk appear to be mutual, as Elon told Business Insider, “I’m not his biggest fan,” describing Buffett and his firm’s investment strategy (reading “annual reports”) as “pretty boring, honestly.”

5. Aero L-39 Albatros

Year Purchased: Early 2000s 
Estimated Value: $250,000*

Though Elon Musk went on a Twitter rant against fighter jets, saying that the fighter jet wouldn’t “stand a chance” and its era “has passed” because of drones, he still loves the planes, and he’s even owned a few. Musk called the Aero L-39 Albatros “the most fun plane” that he has owned (so far).

He flew the plane while he was in the process of founding SpaceX. The Albatros, a rival of the Bell Airacobra during the Cold War, is the plane with which Russian military pilots currently train, though Musk used his Albatros for a far less military pursuit. Though Musk said he “could” get up to eight Gs in the plane, he only flew it to five. 

For those who are interested, the Aero L-39 Albatros is a jet trainer that was originally developed in Czechoslovakia. The Aero was designed in the sixties to replace the Delfin. The aircraft was the first one to have a turbofan power plant. The top speed of the Aero is 466MPH. Each unit costs anywhere from $200,000 to $300,000.

6. Overwatch Video Game

Year Purchased: 2016
Estimated Value: $39.99*

Something you might not know about Elon Musk is that he loves the video game Overwatch. He never ceases to sing Blizzard Entertainment’s praises when it comes to the multiplayer shooter game. In an interview with Y Combinator’s Sam Altman, he said that Overwatch is his main game recommendation, along with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

Musk took it a little further, saying that modern gaming has “really neglected” storytelling because it can rely on graphics and visuals to pick up the slack. Clearly, he doesn’t feel that way about Overwatch, which he “highly recommend[s].” You can pop into GameStop and buy Overwatch for $39.99.

The team-based first-person shooter game has gained critical acclaim not only from Musk, but from critics everywhere. They’ve praised it for its diverse appeal and accessibility. During the first year of the game’s release, Blizzard reported more than $1 billion in revenue. After three years, Overwatch boasted more than 50 million players.

7. Custom Tesla Nikes

Year Purchased: 2019
Estimated Value: $1,500*

The Model Y unveiling, which revealed all the new tech that Tesla had planned for 2019 and beyond, was nearly upstaged by Elon Musk’s $1,500 pair of customized Nike shoes. These custom Nikes had the Tesla logo right above the toe box, and maker DC Custom Sneakers was flooded with orders as a result.

The customized Nike shoes aren’t cheap, costing nearly ten times what your average pair of Jordans cost. DC agreed to create six Limited Edition versions of Musk’s shoe, released intermittently. According to DC, Musk didn’t even order his shoes himself. A Tesla investor and close friend of the billionaire’s had them made as a surprise gift. 

The red-and-black revamped Air Jordan 1 shoes took between seven and ten weeks, according to DeMarco Footwear. DeMarco described the shoes as “iconic,” and, according to the company’s website, there appear to be pairs still in stock right now. DeMarco’s custom shoes include Red Bandana Air Forces, Jordan 1 Lakers, Dior Jordans, and more. 

8. Future Of Life Institute Donation

Year Purchased: 2015
Estimated Value: $10 million*

The Future of Life Institute was created to avoid the nightmare scenario depicted in movies like I, Robot. The logo of Future of Life says that while technology gives life “the potential to flourish,” it also gives us the power to “self-destruct.” The nonprofit organization seeks to “make a difference” and push humanity over the line into flourishing, avoiding self-destruction.

This is a goal that Musk clearly agrees with, as he donated $10 million to the Institute. He said that he donated the hefty sum in the hopes of “keeping [artificial intelligence] beneficial for humanity.” Future of Life monitors AI made by companies like Apple, Facebook, IBM, Intel, and more, acting as a whistleblower in the event of red flags.

Richard Dawkins, as well as the late Stephen Hawking, also invested in the Future of Life Institute. According to Future of Life, their goals include making A.I. safety “mainstream” and “kickstarting A.I. safety research.” Musk has never been a fan of artificial intelligence, with Vanity Fair describing him as being on a “crusade to stop the Artificial Intelligence Apocalypse.”

9. Bel-Air Mansion

Year Purchased: 2012
Estimated Value: $29 million* ($17 million* Original Price)

Elon Musk has a plan to own no houses, and that plan, because of its unusualness, has been highly-publicized. The Tesla billionaire still has a ways to go before he achieves that goal, as real estate has been a huge source of his income, in addition to his tech companies.

Musk’s reasons for giving away all of his worldly possessions have varied. He has said that he wants to devote more time to Mars and less to Earth. He’s also said that he wants to sell his homes because he wants people to stop “attacking” him for being a billionaire.

The Tesla magnate sold his Bel Air mansion for $29 million, over $12 million more than what he paid for it. The Bel Air mansion was the first house to go, with six more of his Bel Air mansions to likely follow. Though no one in the high-end real estate world took him seriously at first, the publicity was able to net him a buyer. It remains to be seen if his luck will hold for the rest of his homes. 

10. Bitcoin

Year Purchased: 2021 
Estimated Value: $1.3 billion* (At Time of Purchase)

“I am a supporter,” was Elon Musk’s quote about Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that is slowly but surely gaining traction in the mainstream financial world. Musk added the hashtag #bitcoin onto his Twitter bio, a move that drove up the crypto’s price by approximately 20%. Elon Musk elaborated on his views during a Clubhouse discussion.

Though Bitcoin isn’t exactly something you can walk into Target or Walmart and use, Musk said that he believes it is “on the verge of acceptance” by even “conventional finance people.” He acknowledged to Clubhouse that he has to “watch what [he] say[s]” to avoid “moving the market,” but he couldn’t help but reiterate his belief that the cryptocurrency is “a good thing.”

Musk took his words a step further in early February of 2021, when Tesla bought $1.5 billion in Bitcoin. The company also announced that it would be accepting the cryptocurrency as payment for its products. Bitcoin’s price jumped by $2,000, and it has continued spiking, as Musk keeps tweeting the currency’s praises.

11. McLaren F1

Year Purchased: 1999
Estimated Value: $0* Because It’s Totaled ($815,000* Purchase Price)

The McLaren F1 is one of the fastest sports cars in the world—and one of the most exclusive. Produced from 1992 until 1998, only 106 cars were made, and Elon Musk was one of the final buyers, taking delivery of his F1 in 1999. The price at the time was around $815,000, but certain “vintage” F1s can sell at Hagerty for $4.5 million, creating a car that appreciates, instead of depreciates, in price. 

Musk bought his McLaren right after he founded Paypal, the sale of which would make him a billionaire. Musk used his F1 as a daily driver, putting 11,000 miles on the silver bullet until he later totaled it, making its current estimated value, sadly, $0.

In 1994, Autocar stated that the F1 was the “finest driving machine” ever built for “public roads.” The F1 is one of the world’s fastest naturally-aspirated cars. It’s in the same league as the Aston Martin One-77 and Ferrari Enzo, even though the McLaren is seventeen and ten years older than both models, respectively.

12. Grimes’ Tesla Necklace

Year Purchased: 2018
Estimated Value: $500-$1,000*

Rocker Grimes is Elon Musk’s girlfriend, and she’s never been the high fashion type. The singer, however, stayed true to her metal roots while still supporting her boyfriend’s company in 2018, when she wore a Tesla choker to the Met Gala. The “T” from the Tesla logo is a cross-section of a motor designed by the famed physicist, Nikola Tesla.

Who knew it could make such a cute choker? The theme for the 2018 Met Gala was “Heavenly Bodies,” and Grimes came wearing what Vanity Fair called “full-on space vampire” gear. Somehow, the rocker made the Tesla choker fit flawlessly into her outfit. Comparable forged-iron chokers cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000.

It was actually at the 2018 Met Gala that Musk and Grimes made their first appearance together as a couple. Two years later, Musk tweeted the happy news that he and Grimes were expecting a son together. Famously, they named their son X Æ A-XII, which is pronounced “X Ash A Twelve.”

13. Submarine To Save Thai Kids

Year Purchased: 2018
Estimated Value: Unknown 

One of the tensest moments in the world was the Mae Sai, Thailand cave rescue in 2018. Twelve soccer players and their coach were trapped in a cave in Thailand after a freak monsoon caused flooding that swept them in. The group of thirteen (twelve boys and their coach) had been performing an initiation ceremony in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave when the monsoon rains caused the cave to flood. 

They were trapped in a chamber 2.5 miles from the mouth of the cave, and oxygen levels dropped to dangerously low levels.  It took days, but all members of the group were rescued alive.

The cave rescue dominated NBC, CNN, Fox, and major networks’ headlines for weeks. Elon Musk, watching the news like the rest of us, immediately designed a mini-submarine to try to aid rescuers. Rescuers tested the sub, but they found that the cave was too narrow and the submarine “not practical.” Musk left his invention in Thailand in case it could be of use in the future.

14. Audi Q7

Year Purchased: 2010
Estimated Value: $4,764-$12,713* (Current Value)

It was Elon Musk’s Audi Q7 that led him to put falcon wing doors on his Model S. The inventor said that he wanted to create a car where the doors would open even in tight spaces, allowing passengers to access the third row of seats without lowering the second row, an idea inspired by the Q7.

The Q7 does seem to be quite well-liked by consumers, with Car and Driver rating it an 8/10. The Q7’s 2021 iteration has an 8.1/10 rating on U.S. News & World Report and an 8.1/10 rating on Edmunds. The car is a little pricey, costing around $54,950. It gets 248HP.

Musk’s Q7 is far from the only car he owns. He also owns a Ford Model T, ’67 Jaguar Series 1 E-Type Roadster, Hamann BMW M5, Porsche 911, and nearly a dozen more. All in all, his fifteen-car collection is likely worth tens of millions of dollars.

15. Pasadena House

Year Purchased: 2018 
Estimated Value: $2 million (List Price)*

Technically, Grimes bought this house, not Elon, but she might let him stay there, considering that he’s quickly selling all of his real estate as a way to own no house. The five-bedroom, three-bathroom house is a quaint property.

Though Grimes’ purchase of the house made the Pasadena Now news on Facebook, it doesn’t seem like the paparazzi are hounding the two. The cute little abode has a dining room, library, large foyer, fireplace vaulted ceilings, and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a breakfast nook. 

Though the asking price was $2 million, the art-pop musician (real name: Claire Boucher) bought it at a steal, likely putting the rest of the money into the renovations. Grimes and Musk aren’t the only celebrities living in the lovely San Gabriel Valley. Actresses Meryl Streep, Kristen Wiig, and Eva Mendes have also bought or looked for homes in the area. 

16. SpaceX Starship

Year Purchased: 2012 (Still In Development)
Estimated Value: $216 million* ($2 million* Cost Per Launch)

Elon Musk doesn’t own this one quite yet, as the SpaceX Starship is still in development. The Starship, which costs reportedly four times as much to build as the Falcon 9, has a $2 million-per-launch figure that it’s hoping to meet. Musk began developing the Starship’s engine in 2012.

The self-funded private project had its second design stage in 2019. It’s not quite ready to compete with Aerojet or Maxar quite yet, though SpaceX predicts big things to come for the Starship in 2021. The Starship’s functions aren’t just carrying 11-million-pound commercial payloads, however. It is eventually intended for Mars colonization. 

The most recent news about the Starship shows that it is almost finished. SpaceX, in February of 2021, installed the S11 nose cone. That completes the rocket and marks the end of the Starship prototypes’ production. Photos from nearby Boca Chica, Texas showed the S11 nose cone stacking in the Starship’s high bay. 

17. Tunnel System

Year Purchased: 2016 (Company Founded)
Estimated Value: $20-$40 million* Per Tunnel

In 2017, Elon Musk told everyone about another grand vision he had, this time revolutionizing the future of vehicle travel inside cities. He wanted to construct a system of layered tunnels that would maneuver Teslas through cities at 120 miles per hour using automated electric sleds. Musk was so dedicated to his vision, that he created the self-funded Boring Company.

Far from the above-ground Union Pacific or Amtrak tracks, the Boring Company’s tunnels are currently being dug beneath cities and even bodies of water. The Boring Company’s most-publicized tunnel is the one being dug in the Bay Area. Of course, Boring only runs its drills using electric energy. 

The LVCC Loop Station, located in Las Vegas, is perhaps The Boring Company project that is most near completion. The Loop Station’s entrances and exits, located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, are currently underway. Clark County commissioners just approved licenses for Musk’s company to build a tunnel connecting the LVCC with Encore Las Vegas. 

18. Ruby Tesla Ring

Year Purchased: 2018
Estimated Value: $40,000*

Ben Baller proclaims that he is the “best jeweler in the world,” and, while that’s a matter of opinion, there’s no denying that the celebrity jeweler is unbelievably rich, with a net worth of $100 million. Elon Musk was the latest recipient of a bona fide Ben Baller creation: a Tesla ring made of rubies and diamonds.

This isn’t exactly something you could buy from Tiffany’s, as it was hand-created specifically for the billionaire. The Tesla logo on the ring is made of trillion-cut diamonds, and custom cut baguettes spell out “TESLA” on the back. The rubies and hand-set white diamonds complete the look of this beautiful, over-the-top ring.

Though the two were supposed to meet up after Baller made Musk the ring, the celebrity jeweler revealed that the Tesla CEO cancelled the meeting. According to Ben Baller, Elon Musk was angry that Baller posted on Instagram about a problem he was having with his Tesla Model X (he got stuck in it and had to escape through the trunk).  

19. The Neighborhood

Year Purchased: 2012 – 2019
Estimated Value: $62 million* (Four Houses Sold)

Elon Musk sold four more of his homes for $62 million, as yet another way to make good on his pledge to sell almost all of his physical possessions. Musk tweeted in May of 2020 that he “will own no house,” and he’s pocketed quite a bit of cash from his real estate transactions. The four homes sold were all located in the pricey region of Bel-Air.

The Hillsborough estate is perhaps the most luxurious of the homes. It sits on 47 acres of hiking trails and formal gardens. The ten-bedroom mansion on the estate was built in 1916. Down the road is a modern mansion, located on Chalon. Then, three adjacent homes, all located on a cul-de-sac, are for sale right near the Chalon estate. 

Ardie Tavangarian was the only purchaser of the four houses. The head of the Arya Group bought the collection, which included contemporary mansions and Colonial-style houses. The initial listing for the Bel-Air “Neighborhood” properties was $157.9 million in total, representing a bit of a letdown for the Tesla mogul.

20. Marvin The Martian Costume for Dog

Year Purchased: 2021
Estimated Value: $19-$25*

Etsy is the place to buy anything hand-made, off-beat, and eccentric, and Elon Musk proves that the platform is for any income level. Musk owns two dogs, and he bought a hand-knit Marvin the Martian helmet for one of his pets. Musk tweeted about the purchase, saying, “I kinda love Etsy.”

Almost instantly after he tweeted that supportive message, Etsy saw its stock price jump 9%, proving, once again, how strong of an influence Musk has on the market. Many experts have tried to figure out why it is that Musk is able to move the market so quickly. CNN, the publication that called the Etsy jump “peak dumb,” theorized that the “short-term” nature of the market and the way “algorithms drive prices” was to blame for the jumps. 

Alas, the stock price jump was only temporary. Financial analysts were not impressed by how easily manipulated the market was, calling the entire situation, “peak dumb” and “ridiculous.” But perhaps they’re just jealous because they don’t have a hand-knit Marvin the Martian helmet. 

21. Falcon Heavy

Year Purchased: 2003
Estimated Value: $500 million* ($90-$150 million* Per Launch)

Elon Musk used the expensive, $500 million Falcon Heavy as a learning experience, stating that he found the development of the reusable launch vehicle, designed for heavy lifting, “way harder” to complete than previously thought. Musk said that the “difficult” development was partially because he was “naïve” about building it.

Falcon Heavy went into development in 2003. Fifteen years later, it flew a test flight on February 6, 2018 carrying a dummy payload—Musk’s personal Roadster—past Mars orbit. The Heavy has had three successful launches, but it will soon be superseded by the Starship launch system, which is still in development. 

NASA recently announced that the Falcon Heavy will have an important upcoming job. NASA picked the Heavy to launch the initial two pieces of the Lunar Gateway, which is an outpost that will orbit the moon. The first two pieces will include astronaut living quarters and a propulsion module. The launch will cost $332 million.

22. The Roadster In Space

Year Purchased: February 2018
Estimated Value: $200,000* (Roadster Price), $200 million* To Launch

Speaking of the Falcon Heavy, the dummy payload that it was carrying was Elon Musk’s personally-owned Tesla Roadster, which cost around $200,000. Musk asked for suggestions on Twitter for what fake load the Heavy could carry on its way to enter an orbit of Mars. Twitter obliged, suggesting that Musk send his own car up.

You won’t see a Honda or Ford taken to these heights. Musk said he wanted to send the “silliest thing” he could think of up, and he got his wish, adding a mannequin wearing a spacesuit to the driver’s seat of the Roadster. The car, attached to the second stage of the Heavy, launched to Mars in 2018.

Advertising analysts couldn’t help but notice the genius of Musk’s marketing move. The brand management of launching his own Tesla into space was impressive. Musk didn’t comment on that self-serving aspect, but he said he merely wanted to inspire people as to the “possibility” of something new and exciting “happening in space.”

23. Special edition TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 SpaceX Chronograph

Year Purchased: 2020
Estimated Value: $5,800*

Luxury Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer wanted to do something nice to celebrate Elon Musk’s achievements with SpaceX. So, it made him a Special Edition Carrera Calibre 1887 SpaceX Chronograph. The Chronograph celebrated not only Musk’s company, but also TAG Heuer’s unique connection with space travel.

The Chronograph’s design harkens back to 1962, when John Glenn flew the Friendship 7 into space. He wore a Heuer 2915A stopwatch as a backup plan in case the on-board timing equipment failed. The TAG brand is sold at Macy’s, costing thousands of dollars, but this Limited Edition might not even be available there. 

Fans looking to try to buy John Glenn’s Heuer are out of luck, as the stopwatch is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which is located in D.C. Glenn’s other favorite watches include a LeCoultre Mercury 7, which he wore before his flight and standing at the launch site. 

24. Spacesuit

Year Purchased: 2018
Estimated Value: Undisclosed (But a “Fraction” of NASA’s Cost)

SpaceX is interested in all things space-related, so it only makes sense that it would be involved in the design of spacesuits. SpaceX and NASA teamed up to develop form-fitting, one-piece, black-and-white suits. The suit not only is lighter-weight, weighing just 47 pounds (minus the life-support backpack), it costs only a fraction of the cost of NASA-made suits.

Space.com said that the SpaceX spacesuits “changed astronaut fashion” with their sleek white design, which represented a “new breed of spacesuit.” The one-piece white suits are, admittedly, way cooler than the bulker orange launch suits (known as ACES). Musk reassured Instagram followers that the suits “definitely work[ed],” despite their trim appearance.

The suit offers full protection against possible cabin depressurization, and its helmets, which have microphones and speakers, are 3D-printed. Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were the first space explorers to test the suits, with the Tesla billionaire’s backing, of course. 

25. 1978 BMW 320i

Year Purchased: 1994
Estimated Value: $8,000-$10,999* (Bought for $1,400*)

In 1994, Elon Musk bought a 1978 BMW 320i, which he fixed up himself. He bought the car for just $1,400, and he drove it until, literally, one of the wheels fell off. Maye Musk, Elon’s mother, posted a cute photo on Twitter in 2019, which showed Elon hard at work fixing up his 320i.

Musk fought hard to keep the car running, even switching out the gearbox himself when the 320i’s stock one faltered. BMW’s 3-series has been around for decades, releasing its first 3-series car, the E21, in 1975. The 1978 320i was a major competitor of cars like the Mercury Cougar, Ford Fairmont, and Chevy Impala.  

Though the 1978 BMW 320i might not have the speed of Musk’s F1, it is still an impressive car—and one of the most beautiful, too. The 320i came with the trademark kidney grille, but the styling was still new for the time, bearing a slight resemblance to the futuristic E12 5 Series, which was still in development when the 320i came out.

26. Brentwood House

Year Purchased: 2014 
Estimated Value: $4.5 million*

As mentioned before, Elon Musk’s second job, outside of being a tech genius, should be real estate. He knows how to buy and sell homes, especially now that he’s pledged to get rid of his worldly possessions. One such worldly possession is this Brentwood home, a 3,000-square-foot home built in the 1950s.

It’s one of his smaller properties, but he did live there while he was married to actress Talulah Riley. The property has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen, walk-in closets, and, of course, all the high-tech smart home features a person could want. The curved wall of windows adds a unique touch. 

27. Trip to Israel

Year Purchased: 2018
Estimated Value: $5,000-$10,000*

It’s hard to tell whether this trip to Israel was for business or just for vacation. Musk’s snapshots in the beautiful country certainly made it seem like the latter, though people speculated that Musk was there to score a secret deal with Cortica, an A.I. firm. Don’t get excited yet—the tech billionaire shot down those reports via Twitter.

Musk visited Masada, which he joked looked like “Mars” (Masada is located near cliffs of marl strata, dolomite, and chalk, which give it an admittedly Mars-like appearance) and found the “best menu ever,” which included, “filet mignon, brocomini, wine sauce, and motherf****** mashed potato.” 

28. Tesla Model 3 for Mom Maye

Year Purchased: 2017 
Estimated Value: $35,000*

Elon Musk’s mom, Maye, is, to put it simply, really cool. She’s not only the mom of the tech billionaire, she’s also a model at age 71. Jokingly calling herself a “hot white-haired woman,” Maye broke barriers in the fashion world, which tends to focus on women in their late teens and twenties.

She had two billboards in Madison Square Gardens and Times Square after just three months in the business. Elon Musk wanted to celebrate his mom, and he got her a Tesla Model 3. However, she wasn’t allowed to jump a line for the $35,000 electric car.   

29. Aerobatic Wing Walking Lessons

Year Purchased: 2015 
Estimated Value: $100-$300 per hour (for a lesson)*

This picture was taken when Musk still was married to actress Talulah Riley, who posted a picture of her and Musk taking a “nice” walk on the wing of a plane while it was in flight. Riley joked, “What could go wrong?” as the plane traveled 130 miles per hour.

The entire Musk family—including Elon’s mom—geared up with Breitling Wingwalkers, a UK company that is the only aerobatic formation wing walking group. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, wing walking lessons cost anywhere from $100-$300 per hour, something Musk could easily afford. We’re just lucky nothing went, as Riley said, “wrong.”    

30. Hamann BMW M5

Year Purchased: 2007 
Estimated Value: $162,825* (Original List Price)

Hamann Motorsport is a car tuning company that is most famous for its work with BMW—specifically, the M5—though it’s worked with companies like Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Ferrari. The Hamann BMW M5 is a modified sports car with a price in the hundreds of thousands.

Musk bought the M5 in 2007, proving that, despite comments he’d made, he wasn’t totally discouraged with the BMW brand. His M5’s modifications included a 90HP increase and a 200RPM torque increase. Hamann used chip tuning to enhance the power of the 4.4L V8 engine. Musk’s M5 of choice was a bright, cherry red.    

31. Bel Air Mansion #2

Year Purchased: 2013
Estimated Value: $9.5 million*

It’s well-known that Musk bundled four of his properties in Bel Air and sold them for $62 million to a single buyer. However, there were three other Bel Air properties on the market, and Musk sold one of those three to his nephew. One of those, which was listed for $9.5 million, is located at 10930 Chalon Road in Los Angeles, and it belonged to actor Gene Wilder.

Musk was adamant that the house keep Gene’s character, saying on Twitter that, “It can[‘t] be torn down or lose any [of] its soul.” The 2,756-square-foot ranch has five bedrooms, and its sale will help Musk “devot[e]” himself to “Mars and Earth.”

32. Alexander McQueen Blazers

Year Purchased: 2000s-Present
Estimated Value: $3,000-$3,500 per blazer*

Despite being worth billions, Elon Musk dresses in a mostly casual, laid-back style, often just wearing a t-shirt and black pants. Among billionaires, there is often a lack of fashion that ends up being fashionable itself. Though Musk is casual, he still buys name-brand designer items, owning several Alexander McQueen blazers.

The Alexander McQueen fashion house is among one of the most luxurious in fashion. Musk has also bought t-shirts from the iconic brand. Musk said that, while he chooses to dress more casually, he doesn’t “renounce” his tux, a good thing, considering how many star-studded galas he attends. 

33. The Boring Company

Year Purchased: 2016 
Estimated Value: $920 million* (90% Self-Funded)

Tesla and SpaceX are far from Elon Musk’s only sources of wealth. He also owns several other companies, including an infrastructure and construction company called The Boring Company. Namely, The Boring Company digs tunnels. Founded in 2016, the Boring Company is currently working on several transit projects for Musk.

It’s digging tunnels below cities like Las Vegas, New York, and Washington D.C. in the hopes of finally solving traffic problems. These tunnels would act as hyper-speed passageways. Drivers would load their cars onto a platform, and the platform would zip off. The Boring Company, which has a valuation of $920 million, hopes to cut the time traveled between D.C. and NYC to twenty-nine minutes.

34. A School

Year Purchased: 2014 
Estimated Value: $7,500 per year tuition*

Elon Musk co-founded Ad Astra, a school that is unlike any school you’ve likely ever heard of before. Ad Astra, which now goes by the name Astra Nova, is experimental and not-for-profit. Musk had had his sons in L.A.’s private schools, but he pulled his sons out of the educational programs and hired one of their former teachers as Ad Astra’s principal.

Classes don’t include regular coursework. Kids learn to make flamethrowers and robots, as opposed to traditional education. Tuition for the school is $7,500 per year, and classes only take place one day of the week. Astra says it serves “kind, imaginative, and academically-motivated” kids. 

35. Porsche 911

Year Purchased: 2012 
Estimated Value: $79,000-$93,000* (Current MSRP)

Despite Musk’s publicized feud with the Porsche Taycan creators—which got to the point where the Tesla founder challenged the Taycan to a race against a Tesla—that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t like the brand. Musk loves the Porsche 911. The 911 is certainly Porsche’s most famous vehicle, and it has been fine-tuned to perfection over the years.

Musk attempted to change the 911, despite his love for the classic German car. He took his 911 to AC Propulsion founder Alan Cocconi and begged him to put a lithium-ion battery into the Porsche. Cocconi refused, adding yet another layer to the pair’s complicated friendship.

36. Hillsborough Estate

Year Purchased: 2017 
Estimated Value: $35 million* 

When asked by Joe Rogan why he was selling seven houses, Musk responded with a simple question. He asked, “What is more important: Mars or a house?” With that settled, he has continued to add millions to his net worth through real estate. One such property is located in Hillsborough.

He listed the property for $35 million in May of 2020. The Golden State home was built in 1916, and it has ten bedrooms and ten bathrooms. The square footage is 16,000, and the majority of the property was designed by Bliss & Faville. The Mediterranean-style abode as a ballroom, two wine cellars, a pool, and a reservoir, among other luxury features. 

37. Starship SN9 & SN10

Year Purchased: 2020 (Date Completed)
Estimated Value: $2 million per launch* 

Starships SN9 and SN10 have had very different fates. Regrettably, Musk owned (past tense) SN9, as that Starship, which launched Tuesday, February 2, 2021, was obliterated upon landing. However, that doesn’t make SN9 a failure—quite the opposite. SN9 had a successful launch, achieving its 32,800-foot altitude target. It was the landing that ended in a fiery crash.

Onward and upward, Musk is already planning the launch of the SN10. The SN10 is waiting at a Boca Chica, Texas launch site. SpaceX has designed these crafts to get to Mars, the moon, and beyond. Musk likely isn’t discouraged by SN9’s explosion. As SpaceX engineer John Insprucker reminded everyone, “This is a test flight.” 

38. Tesla Anejo

Year Purchased: 2020
Estimated Value: $250 per bottle* 

In November of 2020, Tesla launched its pricey $250 bottle of tequila, called Tesla Anejo. Tesla Anejo’s high price likely comes from the fact that it is in a unique, lightning-bolt shaped bottle (also, the Tesla brand name doesn’t hurt). Despite the high price—usually, a bottle of tequila costs anywhere from $30-$40—it sold out almost immediately.

Musk first mentioned “Teslaquilla” as a joke in 2018 on Twitter. Two years later, it became a reality. According to Tesla Anejo’s website, it is an “exclusive” drink made in small batches by Nosotros Tequila. Tesla Anejo is 40% ABV, and it was aged in French oak barrels for fifteen months. Taste testers say it has flavors of pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, and fruit. 

39. Tiki Bar

Year Purchased: N/A (Under Development)
Estimated Value: Unknown (For Now)

SpaceX is the builder of this tiki bar, which is located on the company’s property. The futuristic restaurant/bar is still under development, but Musk clarified some of the aspects of the eatery on his Twitter, saying that it will be built atop the SpaceX high bay.

The tiki bar will also have 360-degree windows and an all-glass floor that looks down at the rocket-building factory. Getting up to the bar will be tricky, however. As Musk said, you have to “catapult” into the air to land on the roof using a “base jumping parachute.” As with a lot of Musk-isms, it was hard to tell if he was kidding or serious.

40. Doomsday Prepping

Year Purchased: 2003-Present 
Estimated Value: $209 billion* 

Elon Musk revealed a surprising motive behind the creation of all of his companies—and, thus, their $200-billion-plus net value. In an interview at SXSW 2018, Musk said that his companies were a form of “doomsday prepping.” Musk’s companies sought to give humanity a buffer in the event of world destruction caused by climate change, global war, and/or malevolent A.I.

Musk’s attempt to ward off a second Dark Age is admirable to many. Whether you view him as Lex Luthor or Tony Stark, there’s no denying that he’s sacrificed a lot to get his companies to their current status. 

41. Neuralink

Year Purchased: 2016 (Date Founded)
Estimated Value: $500 million* 

Neuralink is one of Elon Musk’s smaller companies, with just around one-hundred employees (by comparison, Tesla has over 48,000 employees). Founded in 2016, the privately-held company is developing implants for your brain, creating a brain-computer interface. The brain is, as Neuralink said, “the most complex human organ,” making this no mean feat.

The brain-computer chip would help cure or treat a variety of neurological conditions, including dementia and Alzheimer’s. It could even alleviate spinal cord injuries. This fusion of humankind with A.I. would bring about an entirely new world. Neuralink plans to start human trials later in 2021.

42. PayPal

Year Purchased: 1999
Estimated Value: $180 million* (Sale Price), $127.58 billion* (Current Valuation)

Everyone knows about Elon Musk and Tesla, and most people know about Musk and SpaceX, but a surprising amount of people forget that Elon Musk was the founder of Paypal. In 1999, Musk founded X.com, which would later become the most commonly-used money transfer website.

It merged with Confinity, a Peter Thiel company, in 2000. Musk was briefly the CEO of Paypal, but he knew that wasn’t his entire future. He sold Paypal for $1.5 billion, netting a cool $180 million from the sale. It was that capital that helped him found Tela in 2003 and SpaceX in 2002. 

43. Intergalactic Media Empire

Year Purchased: 2018 
Estimated Value: $-0* 

One thing about having a lot of money is that if you lose interest in a project, you can pull all the funding and walk away, even if you take a loss. That was Elon Musk’s experience with Thud. He founded Thud, which he said was his vision of an “intergalactic media empire,” in 2018. The digital media startup was based on an Onion-like concept.

Musk hired developers, artists, and writers to help create satirical articles and projects, like the kind you find on The Onion. However, Musk lost interest in Thud a year into its founding. He pulled his considerable funding and support and walked away.

44. $10 Million Grant to YC Org

Year Purchased: 2016 (Donation)
Estimated Value: $10 million* 

Fans of Elon Musk know that he’s promised to give away half of his considerable fortune to charity, and he has light years to go before he reaches his pledge. However, he’s starting to make at least a little bit of a dent, giving away millions here and there. Musk donated $10 million to YC Org.

YC Org was founded by Sam Altman for the Y Combinator. The goal of the organization is to not only produce “scientific research,” but make that research “freely available” to everyone. The donation was made in 2016, and it remains one of Musk’s largest contributions to charity to date.

45. $5 Million Donation to Khan Academy

Year Purchased: 2021 (Donation)
Estimated Value: $5 million* 

Another donation made through the Musk Foundation was a $5 million gift to Khan Academy. Created by Sal Khan in 2008, Khan Academy produces short videos that teach students computer skills, math, and SAT practice, among other courses. The nonprofit academy has $87 million in assets, and it can add another $5 million to that.

Khan said that Musk’s donation would allow the nonprofit to “accelerate” its content, and he hoped Elon felt “really good” about his gift. Khan Academy has 120 million users registered, and 30 million students use the platform each month, seeking extra help and practice with their lessons.

46. Ford Model T

Year Purchased: Unknown 
Estimated Value: $17,600-$24,200*

Historians will recognize the Model T as a total revolution in the auto industry. Henry Ford introduced his Model T to the world in 1908, and he wanted the T to be durable, affordable, and easy to operate. This goal of mass affordability for a new technology appeals to Elon Musk, and he even owns his own Model T.

It’s unclear when Musk came into possession of the piece of history, but he didn’t buy it himself. The car was gifted to him by a friend. At the time it was released, the Model T cost just $850 (a little over $21,000 in today’s money). Now, such an antique costs $17,600-$24,200 at auction.

47. DeepMind

Year Purchased: 2010s 
Estimated Value: $1-$2 million* (Investment)

Elon Musk has long been predicting some type of A.I. apocalypse, so it might surprise you to learn that he was an early investor in the artificial intelligence company called DeepMind. DeepMind Technologies was his “top concern” when it came to the dangers of A.I., and he felt by investing, he’d have some modicum of control over the company in case of overreach.

The company is now owned by Google, but that hasn’t alleviated Musk’s fears. He compared DeepMind to WarGames, a 1980s dystopian film. Musk said that humanity has underestimated A.I., thinking of it as just a “smart human,” when, in reality, the A.I. would be “smarter than the smartest human” in the world.

48. East Austin Tesla Factory

Year Purchased: 2020
Estimated Value: $97 million* 

In East Austin, Texas, Tesla made a sizable purchase. Tesla bought up a factory site for nearly $100 million. The Gigafactory site is 2,0000 acres in size, located along Texas’ State Highway 130. The factory itself is expected to cost $1.1 billion, nearly eleven times more than what the land under it cost.

The factory is expected to reach 5 million square feet, initially employing 5,000 workers. As Statesman.com said, Tesla has been building the Gigafactory so quickly that watching it “take shape” has become a “spectator sport.” Elon Musk confirmed the Gigafactory’s existence, and he expects it to open sometime in 2021.

49. 1967 Jaguar E-Type

Year Purchased: Mid-1990s
Estimated Value: $106,883*

As noted, Elon Musk has quite an impressive car collection, and one of the coolest cars he owns is a 1967 Jaguar E-Type. He bought that car in the 1990s, thanks to a $40,000 bonus he got from Zip2, a software company that he and his brother founded. He used that money to put a down payment on the classic E-Type.

The E-Type Roadster was confirmed by Musk on Twitter as one of “two gasoline cars.” The second gasoline car is the aforementioned Ford Model T. Musk described his Series 1 1967 Jaguar E-Type Roadster as his “first love.” 

50. Released A Song

Year Purchased: 2019-2020
Estimated Value: Unknown 

Grimes isn’t the only one with musical talent in the relationship. As it turns out, Elon Musk is somewhat of a singer himself, so much so that he’s released two songs. He wrote the music and lyrics for both, and it’s unclear whether the critically-acclaimed Grimes, an art-pop, punk-rock sensation herself, contributed any assistance at all.  

In January of 2020, Musk released “Don’t Doubt Ur Vibe,” an electronic dance track. Just one year before, he released the song, “R.I.P. Harambe,” referencing the famous, downward-spiral-inducing death of a captive gorilla in Cincinnati. Sales numbers on the tracks haven’t been released, but they’ve racked up millions of streams so far.

51. Dogecoin

Year Purchased: 2021
Estimated Value: Unknown

Ever the fan of cryptocurrencies, Musk recently sent the Dogecoin market surging after Tweeting that he’d purchased some for his son, lil X. At this time it is unknown exactly how much Dogecoin he bought, but with his wallet it’s likely a small fortune’s worth.

Musk recently rallied behind Dogecoin specifically, hailing it as the cypro for the future. With other major celebrities joining his campaign, it seems highly possible that this fate is indeed exactly what’s in store.

52. Gene Wilder’s Private Estate

Year Purchased: 2013
Estimated Value: Priceless

In addition to the late comedian’s mansion, Elon Musk has also been in possession of much of Gene Wilder’s personal possessions – including priceless memorabilia accredited to Wilder’s astounding film resume. 

Musk reportedly bought the estate in the first place (along with the land) in order to preserve the late actor’s contribution to modern culture. Incredible, the house came stocked with much of Wilder’s eccentric furnishings, remodeling and creative spirit.