ERROL Musk has come forward to reveal more information about his alleged emerald mining business after his son Elon claimed the Empire was fake.
Questions have been raised about the alleged emerald mine that Errol, 77, allegedly stumbled across in Zambia many years ago, when Elon, 51, took to social media to claim it was all a front.
“The fake emerald mine thing is so annoying,” the Tesla CEO wrote in January.
“For example, where exactly is this thing anyway!?”
Last week Elon offered anyone who could prove the existence of the emerald mine, one million in Dogecoin (about $93,000).
However, Elon’s claims appear to contradict what he said in a since-deleted interview with Forbes in July 2014, per Snopes, a fact-checking website.
“This is going to sound a little crazy, but my dad was also involved with an emerald mine in Zambia,” he told the publication at the time, according to Snopes.
“I was 15 and I really wanted to go with him, but I didn’t realize how dangerous it was.”
Elon added: “I couldn’t find my passport so I grabbed my brother’s – which turned out to be six months overdue.
“So we had this planeload of contraband and an overdue passport from someone else.”
“There were AK-47s everywhere and I was like, ‘Man, this could go really wrong,'” he continued.
Errol has since come forward to clean the air, offering an inside look at the alleged emerald mining operations in an exclusive chat with The US Sun.
WITHIN THE COMPANY
According to the 77-year-old businessman, the emerald mining operation is not only true, but has aided Elon’s journey to success in the United States.
Errol said the mine is located in the Lake Tanganyika region of Zambia – the second largest emerald producing country in the world after Colombia.
However, he explained that it’s not the typical mining facility you might think of, but “a rock formation sticking out of the ground in the middle of nowhere.”
Elon’s father claimed he happened upon the formation he landed on in the country via the Italian owner of the runway while traveling to the UK from South Africa to sell a Cessna Golden Eagle aircraft.
The airstrip owner informed him of the emerald business opportunity and that the exact location of the “mine” was about 40 miles from Kasaba Bay – now a tourist hub.
Errol said he and the unnamed Italian airstrip owner employed locals to dig up the emeralds and paid them about $2 a batch, enough to feed an entire family in Zambia for a month.
“There was no mining company. There are no signed agreements or financial statements,” Errol told The US Sun.
“No one owned anything. The deal was sealed with a handshake with the Italian when Zambia was free for all.”
He added: “Not once [Elon] knew exactly where the line was. Back then it was like the Wild West.”
However, the alleged mining operation did not last long.
Errol noted in a Facebook post that the company “collapsed in 1989,” but claimed it still managed to help Elon through college.
Emeralds in the States
Elon’s father claimed that he ultimately used the proceeds from the emeralds to support Elon and his brother Kimbal as they headed to the United States.
Errol said, “In the late 1980s, Elon graduated from the University of Pretoria with a degree in business administration.”
He continued that after someone stole an expensive bike he bought for Elon, his son seemed constantly upset.
One day, when Errol found him lying in bed somber, Errol had an idea of how to use the emeralds to boost Elon’s mood and career path.
“And suddenly, out of the blue, I asked him, ‘Do you want to go to the United States and study?'” Errol told The US Sun.
“He looked up at me with a beaming face and exclaimed, ‘Yes!’
“Ten days later, Elon left South Africa with a one-year return ticket to America and emerald money in his pocket,” he continued.
However, Elon has publicly denied his father’s story that he gifted himself and Kimbal emeralds for cash in college.
“He didn’t own an emerald mine and I worked my way through college and ended up with ~$100,000 in student debt,” Elon wrote in a December 2019 tweet.
“I couldn’t even afford a 2nd PC with Zip2, so programmed at night & website only worked during the day. Where does this bs come from?”
Anyhow, Errol has stood by his claims about the validity of the Emerald Mine and its use in support of Elon and his brother.
The 77-year-old said he suspected Elon was strongly opposed to his father’s claims because he didn’t want to appear as a “trust fund kid”.
“Elon’s main concern is not to come off as a ‘trust fund kid’ who’s had everything laid on his plate,” Errol told The US Sun.
“That’s what his naysayers are pushing for. It is not true. Elon took risks and worked flat out to get where he is today.”
The US Sun has reached out to Elon Musk for comment.
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