- Since 2014, there were rumors spreading regarding the existence of an emerald mine that Musk’s father owned.
- A Dogecoin designer announced a reward of 69.42 Dogecoins for anyone who submits proof of the mine.
Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter, Tesla, and SpaceX, came forward offering a staggering reward of 1 million Dogecoins to the individuals who could produce before him the evidence for the existence of the emerald mine that some media outlets have reported being owned by his family.
Since 2014, rumors about Musk’s family owning an emerald mine in Africa have been in circulation. It is interesting to note that in a Forbes interview, Musk himself admitted that his father owned an emerald mine in Zambia. Though the article has already been deleted from the official page, there exists a copy of it on internet archives.
In 2022, Former United States Secretary of Labour, Robert Reich posted a video on Twitter positing that “self-made billionaires are a myth”. Meanwhile, he also referred, as an example, to Elon Musk’s claim that his father owned a mine in Apartheid South Africa, through which the matter became widely known.
Recently, a graphic designer at Dogecoin, under the pseudonymous Twitter name DogeDesigner shared a Twitter thread asserting that “Elon Musk never owned an emerald mine”.
In addition, the designer announced a reward for any proof produced regarding the existence of the mine. He stated:
An open offer of 69.420 Doge to all the media outlets who are publishing false information. Send me a proof of its existence & take your doge.
In response to DogeDesigner’s proclamation, the billionaire proffered an incredible bounty of 1 million Dogecoin for anyone who could prove the mine’s existence.
Though the reality surrounding the rumors about Musk’s father’s emerald mine still remains a mystery, responding to the recent tweets of both Musk and DogeDesigner, many individuals in the Twitter community showed their displeasure with screenshots of Musk’s earlier take on the matter.