portrait of two lit billionaires who hate each other cordially

portrait of two lit billionaires who hate each other cordially

Both love taking on big challenges, colonizing space, making money, making history and heartily hating each other. For more than two decades, the American billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have not ceased to annoy each other. But who are these two men to whom this Sunday, May 22 France 5 devotes a striking documentary “Musk vs Bezos, the new star wars“?

Two very different destinies

Jeff Bezos was born on January 12, 1964 in New Mexico into a loving, united family full of values ​​and good feelings. When his younger brother Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971 in South Africa in a clan where the belt cut punctuates daily life. It was at the age of 5 that Jeff Bezos became passionate about space exploration. At the same age, Elon sees his parents divorce and does not yet dream of racing for the stars. He is the programming he discovers as a teenager. At only 12 years old, having acquired a certain level in the development of computer programs, he sold his first video game: Blastar in 1982 to the magazine “PC and office technology” for just over 300 euros. This game is a great revelation in his eyes for Elon, who has meanwhile become a Canadian citizen who is also a fan of science fiction books including: The Galactic Traveler’s Guide by Douglas Adams. He dreams of America and achieves it by doing his doctorate in energy physics. Soon, he creates his first Zip 2 company with his brother, Kimbal (which he will resell a few years later for more than 300 million euros).

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We are at the beginning of the 1990s and at this time, Jeff Bezos leaves finance and Wall street in order to create the largest bookstore in the world on the Internet. Sure ! Thus was born Amazon. After a few short years, Bezos has a brilliant idea: he sends an email to 1,000 Amazon customers, chosen at random, and asks them what they would like to order on his site. Answers range from wiper blades to stereo ​. People would therefore be ready to buy anything and everything on the Internet. That’s exactly what he will do… Not to be outdone and never short of ideas, Musk created at the same time PayPal, the No. 1 online payment service that he will sell for hundreds of millions. The two best enemies, as soon as this financial conquest is acquired, embark on another conquest: that of space. With the success that we know of them.

Their heart has its reasons

On the heart side, Jeff Bezos – who sold Amazon in 2021 – married a novelist: MacKenzie Tuttle whom he met in 1992. Parents of four children (including a daughter adopted in China), both separated at the outcome of one of the costliest divorces in history. Jeff has since cooed with American host Lauren Sanchez. For his part, Elon is more… dispersed and original. At 30, he married Justine, a Canadian writer. Together they welcome a little boy Alexander who dies of sudden infant death syndrome when he is barely a month and a half old. Devastated, the couple will once again give their chance at life by becoming parents of twins and then triplets. What little guys! In 2008, the couple divorced and Elon, who had just bought the Twitter network, played the pretty hearts with actresses Talulah Riley and Amber Heard, before succumbing to the charms of the singer Grimes who gave him a new son by the name of weirdo. : X Æ A-12. A duo that went on hiatus last September…