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Elon Musk has reportedly hired two of his cousins to work for him at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, California.

Andrew Musk and James Musk, from the billionaire’s father’s side of the family, were described as a software engineering specialist and “a fixer type” respectively by a source who spoke to Insider.

Since Mr Musk, 51, took over of the social network in late October, roughly 70 per cent of its staff have been fired or compelled to resign, with many driven away by his insistence on a “hardcore” working environment or ideologically against his determination to advertise free speech on the positioning at any cost, even when which means platforming the far-right, counting on AI for content moderation and frightening away advertisers.

The entrepreneur behind PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla has, nevertheless, brought in quite a lot of trusted lieutenants from his other businesses to assist with the running of Twitter, notably right-hand man Jared Birchall and attorney Alex Spiro, who’ve reportedly been sleeping within the office in converted bedrooms while the “Chief Twit” seeks to regular the ship.

While Mr Musk’s own backstory is as well documented as his dream of colonising Mars, the hiring of his cousins shines a fresh highlight on an interesting family tree.

Here’s a fast introduction for the uninitiated.

Maye Musk

The tech tycoon’s mother, 74, is an expert model and dietitian who has appeared on the quilt of Time, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Latest York magazine, Elle Canada and Women’s Day and in promoting campaigns for Goal and Virgin America, amongst many others.

She was born Maye Haldeman in Saskatchewan, Canada, on 19 April 1948, a twin and one in all five siblings, but raised in Pretoria, South Africa.

Her parents – Elon’s maternal grandparents – chiropractor Dr Joshua Norman Haldeman and amateur archaeologist Winnifred Josephine Fletcher, referred to as Wyn, were self-styled adventurers and frolicked attempting to find the Lost City of the Kalahari, giving illustrated talks about their travels.

A finalist within the Miss South Africa beauty contest of 1969, Maye married highschool peer and aspiring engineer Errol Musk a 12 months later, with whom she had three children (Elon being the eldest, followed by brother Kimbal and sister Tosca) while also completing a master’s degree in dietetics from the University of the Orange Free State in South Africa.

(AP)

Their unhappy marriage collapsed in 1979 and, after a decade of bitter custody-wrangling that left her penniless, Maye returned with Tosca to the country of her birth – where Elon and Kimbal were then living – and successfully continued her modelling profession while also obtaining one other degree in dietary science from the University of Toronto.

Clearly sharing the identical taste for the limelight as her own parents and beloved son, Maye Musk has attended awards ceremonies as Elon’s date and appeared on Saturday Night Live alongside him – the pair unavoidably recalling Lucille and Buster Bluth from Arrested Development.

Speaking within the recent BBC documentary series, The Elon Musk Show, she branded her boy a “genius” and urged his critics to “stop being mean to him”, observing that he “gets numerous hate”, a galant defence of a person who, she revealed to The Times, expects her to sleep in a garage when she visits his SpaceX projects in Texas because, “You may’t have a elaborate house near a rocket site.”

Errol Musk

Elon’s father Errol, 76, is a retired electromechanical engineer, consultant, property developer and pilot, who claims to have once owned a 50 per cent stake in an Zambian emerald mine near Lake Tanganyika, a share he says he bought for £40,000 after selling off a plane.

“We were very wealthy. We had a lot money at times we couldn’t even close our protected,” he told Business Insider South Africa with glee, recounting how his sons would later walk right into Tiffany’s in Latest York City and sell emeralds produced from their trouser pockets.

Elon has often characterised his father as an overbearing bully, ceaselessly absent but liable to lecturing and dismissive of his teenage passion for computing however the pair do have traits in common, not least a desire to maintain busy.

In 1972, Errol was elected to the Pretoria City Council as a representative of the anti-apartheid Progressive Party, a task he carried out while also pursuing his engineering consultancy and precious stone ventures.

Following his separation from Maye in 1979 – the results of infidelities and, she later alleged, domestic abuse each verbal and violent – Mr Musk married Heide Bezuidenhout, helping to lift her daughter from a previous marriage, Jana, and fathering two more children: Alexandra and Asha Rose.

One other of Mr Musk’s possibly tall tales is that he shot dead three burglars with a .357 Magnum during a seven-man home invasion in Johannesburg in 1998, six-year-old Alexandra clinging naked to his leg in terror as he fired, only to be acquitted of manslaughter charges after being found to have acted in self-defence.

“One bullet went through two of them,” he told The Sun, greater than a little bit implausibly. “I took the primary guy out through the top. The police found him with the highest of his head missing.”

(Denver Post/Getty)

Amazingly, Mr Musk later went on to have one other two children with Jana Bezuidenhout, his former step-daughter, in 2017 and 2019, the primary of which arrived when he was 72 and his partner just 30.

He’s currently estranged from Elon, who described him, tearfully, to Rolling Stone in 2017 by saying: “You might have no idea about how bad [he is]. Almost every crime you possibly can possibly consider, he has done. Almost every evil thing you could possibly possibly consider, he has done… It’s so terrible, you possibly can’t consider it.”

The “architect of tomorrow” also rubbished his father’s claim to have invested in his first software enterprise – Zip2, which he founded with brother Kimbal – and said he felt there was little hope of their ever being reconciled.

“In my experience, there’s nothing you possibly can do,” he said. “Nothing, nothing. I wish. I’ve tried every part. I attempted threats, rewards, mental arguments, emotional arguments, every part to try to vary my father for the higher, and he… No way, it just got worse.”

Retaliating in The Day by day Mail after inviting the paper to admire his Bentley Continental and “elegant home overlooking a large sweep of the rocky coast in South Africa’s Western Cape” and describe him as “a craggily good-looking man with a 1,000-watt smile and a straightforward humour”, Errol Musk said his eldest son “must grow up” and “recover from himself”.

“I’m not going to hit back,” he said, before hitting back. “I’m going to attend until he involves his senses. He’s having a tantrum, like a spoilt child. He can’t have what he wants and now I’m apparently an evil monster.”

Mr Musk went on to suggest that the incontrovertible fact that he had raised his children in luxury, driven them to high school in a convertible Rolls-Royce Corniche and given them thoroughbred horses and motorbikes as teenagers might account for his or her so-called self-centredness now.

His own parents – Elon’s paternal grandparents – were South African Second World War veteran Walter Henry James Musk and his British wife Cora Amelia Robinson.

Kimbal Musk

Elon’s younger brother, 50, is restaurateur, chef and owner of The Kitchen Restaurant Group, which operates a string of community restaurants in Colorado, Chicago, and Indianapolis.

He can also be co-founder and chairman of each Big Green, a non-profit dedicated to constructing “Learning Gardens” for schools to advertise healthy eating, and of Square Roots, an urban farming enterprise in Brooklyn, Latest York City.

After graduating from highschool in Pretoria, he left South Africa to affix Elon in Canada and there graduated from Queen’s University in Ontario in 1995, the identical 12 months that the brothers co-founded Zip2, which they sold to Compaq for $307m 4 years later.

Kimbal has been married twice and has three children.

Tosca Musk

Elon’s sister, 48, is a prolific executive producer and film director and co-founder of the streaming platform Passionflix, which The Latest York Times has described as “dedicated to adaptations of romance novels and erotic fan fiction” and “a horny Hallmark channel”.

(Tosca Musk/Instagram)

Like her brothers, she too was educated in each South Africa after which Canada – having, in accordance with her mother, sold the family house and automobile without telling anyone, aged 15 – graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1997.

Elon was an executive producer on Tosca’s directorial debut, Puzzled (2001), and she or he has since worked on Cruel World (2005), the online series Tiki Bar TV (2005), The Heavy (2009), Hollywood Dirt (2017), The Matchmaker’s Playbook (2018) and the show Driven (2018-22), none of which ring a bell.

The ex-wives and partners

Elon Musk can also be known for his romantic relationships and has been married twice.

His first wife was author Justine Wilson, whom he met while studying at Queen’s University and married in 2000.

Their first child together, Nevada, passed away from sudden infant death syndrome at 10 weeks in 2002, a tragedy he discussed publicly recently during an attack on Alex Jones over his Sandy Hook conspiracy theories and which prompted the couple to pursue IVF treatment.

They subsequently had twins in 2004 (Griffin and Vivian) after which triplets in 2006 (Kai, Saxon and Damian) but divorced in 2008.

Talulah Riley and Elon Musk

(AFP/Getty)

That very same 12 months he met British actress Talulah Riley, whom he married at Dornoch Cathedral in Scotland in 2010, just for the couple to then divorce two years later before remarrying in 2013 and divorcing again in 2016.

Since then, he has dated Hollywood actress Amber Heard and avant-garde pop star Grimes, with whom he had two more children, absurdly named X AE A-XII Musk and Exa Dark Sideræl Musk respectively.

It was also reported in July this 12 months that Mr Musk had had twins with Shivon Zilis, a director of operations and special projects at his company Neuralink, in November 2021 and that that he had had an affair with Nicole Shanahan, wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, a story he denied.

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