Elon and his father have been estranged for many years, with the electromechanical engineer often taking to social media to express his anger towards his dad. Nevertheless, the family has reconciled recently, and it appears that Errol is ready to put the past behind him. The patriarch of the famed tech empire surprised his son with a visit to SpaceX’s headquarters in California last week as the company launched its biggest rocket ever, Starship. It was a touching moment that left the entire family in tears.
According to a source familiar with the situation, Elon and his father enjoyed a dinner together that was “very intimate and heartfelt.” The pair discussed their past, with Errol telling his son about growing up in South Africa during apartheid. They also talked about the early days of their companies and how they would sell emeralds from their mines to Tiffany & Co. The source says that the reunion was “very moving” and that the two spoke for a long time about the future of their businesses.
The source says that Elon also told his father that he was proud of him for overcoming adversity and pushing himself forward despite the setbacks. The source added that the meeting was “very uplifting” and that the father and son shared laughter and stories for a long time. The source also reveals that the two had a very candid conversation about the challenges they faced in their personal lives and how they overcame those obstacles.
Errol has been married multiple times and has children from several relationships. The 76-year-old is an engineer, pilot, consultant, sailor, and real estate developer who resides in Pretoria, South Africa. He first married model Maye Haldeman Musk in 1970, and the couple had three children: Elon, Kimbal, and Tosca. After their divorce in 1979, Errol married Heide Bezuidenhout and had a second daughter with her, Jana. He did not consider Jana, his stepdaughter, and claimed that she grew up largely separate from the family. He and Jana had a child in 2017 named Elliot Rush, but they are no longer together.
Elon’s half-sister has a 3-year-old boy and a girl who are her children with Shivon Zilis, an executive at one of his artificial intelligence companies. Jana has declined to comment on her relationship with her father or the news that she is a mother to both of Elon’s children.
It is unclear what caused the rift between Elon and his father, but there have been numerous reports of friction over money and business decisions. The feud may be exacerbated by the fact that Elon has been open about his traumatic childhood and his ambitions for his own company, which have attracted much public attention. The two have reportedly started to mend their bond over the past year, as evidenced by the recent meeting.