Yesterday, Elon Musk’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a test fire. But that wasn’t all—by the time the day was over, Musk had also lost nearly about £585m and Mark Zuckerberg’s love.
According to Bloomberg, Musk’s fortune shrank by $779 million (£585m) on Thursday, although the reasons don’t appear to be explosion-related. Rather, they can be traced back to the sharp drop in stock prices for his other companies, SolarCity and Tesla Motors, as well as a Wednesday regulatory filing that disclosed Musk had offered up an extra $489 million (£367m) of his stock in the companies “as collateral to secure personal borrowings”. (As the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, both companies are “facing financial crunches,” while some investors aren’t happy about the proposed merger between the two.)
But money isn’t everything, and love, as J. Lo once told us, don’t cost a thing. Unfortunately for Musk, that went up in flames, too.
Early on Thursday morning, reports began emerging that one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets exploded during a test firing. While there were no injuries reported, the explosion did destroy some precious cargo in addition to the rocket itself—Facebook’s Amos 6 satellite, which was part of Mark Zuckerberg’s grand plan to bring internet to the world. He was not pleased.
“As I’m here in Africa, I’m deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent,” Zuck wrote on Facebook after the explosion. Zuck isn’t exactly known for playing it straight in his public statements, so this is the closest you’ll see to a no-bullshit dig at a fellow billionaire who fucked his shit up.
Then again, Musk is in good company, if one considers “rich people who are so rich that losing billions of dollars in one day won’t bankrupt them” good company. Following Brexit, for example, Warren Buffett lost $2.3 billion (£1.7bn), and Zuck himself saw $1 billion (£760m) fly out the window, as Vanity Fair pointed out.