Elon Musk has said if he was to die unexpectedly, it wouldn’t be his own doing.
Musk, 51, boasts a wealth of more than $181 billion and is the CEO of the electric car company Tesla.
He’s also one the founders of the space exploration tech specialists SpaceX, neurotechnology company Neuralink and construction experts The Boring Company.
Musk also purchased the social media platform Twitter for $44 billion in October and immediately became CEO.
As one of the world’s most influential non-political figures, Musk is no stranger to security threats and has now spoken of feeling as though there’s a target on his back.
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On a Twitter Space Q&A recently, with tens of thousands of users tuned in, Musk was asked a number of questions across a variety of topics – including his mental health and personal safety.
One person asked him if he felt suicidal, which led to a strong but mysterious response from the tech tycoon, reports Business Insider.
He reportedly said: “I do not have any suicidal thoughts. If I committed suicide, it’s not real.”
While the line of questioning might seem odd, it’s not the first time Musk has confronted his own mortality in public.
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In May Musk tweeted, completely unprompted, that if he was to die under ‘mysterious’ circumstances, ‘it’s been nice knowin’ ya’.
The message sparked concern among his fans and even saw his mother, Maye Musk, slap him on the wrist.
She wrote: “That’s not funny.”
Musk responded to his concerned mum, saying: “Sorry! I will do my best to stay alive.”
And while Musk has cleared up worries about his mental state, he did say that he’s fearful about what other people could do to him.
During the Q&A, the billionaire opened up on the threats he’s been subjected to and how he often fears for his safety.
According to News Corp, he said: “Frankly the risk of something bad happening to me, or even literally being shot, is quite significant.
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“It’s not that hard to kill somebody if you wanted to, so hopefully they don’t, and fate smiles upon the situation with me and it does not happen.
“There’s definitely some risk there.”
Seemingly referencing the 1963 assassination of US President, John F Kennedy, Musk said he would not participate in any ‘open-air car parades’ anytime soon.
Since acquiring Twitter, Musk has caused plenty of controversies and, for someone so concerned about his safety, has been happy to make plenty of enemies in the process.
According to The New York Times, Musk fired nearly half of Twitter’s staff in his first week on the job, which equates to around 3,700 jobs.
The axe-wielding occurred across several different departments, including the engineering and machine learning units – which deal with content moderation along with sales and advertising.
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