Elon Musk Claims Elite LA School Influenced Daughter's Views Against Wealth

Isaacson's upcoming biography unveils unexpected Musk family dynamics.

by Nouman Rasool
Elon Musk Claims Elite LA School Influenced Daughter's Views Against Wealth
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Elon Musk, the CEO of the company previously known as Twitter and founder of SpaceX, has made a startling claim about the esteemed Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica. Musk believes that the school, which carries a substantial tuition fee and boasts a roster of A-list graduates, has instilled in its students a mindset that's skeptical of the affluent.

This, he claims, led his transgender daughter, Vivian Jenna Wilson, to distance herself from him. Aged 19, Wilson reportedly decided to sever ties with her billionaire father after developing beliefs characteristic of communism, particularly the notion that wealthy individuals are inherently "evil." This ideological shift in Wilson's life was so profound that Musk equated the emotional turmoil it caused him to the pain of losing his firstborn child, Nevada, in infancy.

"I've reached out many times, but she's not interested in reconnecting," shared a saddened Musk.

Musk Reveals Personal Strains

The details surrounding the father-daughter rift came to light through an excerpt from the soon-to-be-released biography, "Elon Musk," penned by acclaimed author Walter Isaacson.

It was in this book that Musk revealed his initial supportive stance on Wilson's gender transition. However, he grew increasingly alarmed as she adopted more radical beliefs, culminating in April 2022 when she legally changed her name and gender to distance herself from her well-known parent.

Interestingly, Musk connects this personal experience with his decision to purchase the social media platform, formerly known as Twitter. He felt the platform was being dominated by a similar mindset that was suppressing diverse voices.

Describing himself as the necessary "fire-breathing dragon" Twitter needed, he made a whopping $44 billion offer in April 2022 and secured the company by year-end, citing his motive as a defense of free speech. The Crossroads School, which Musk specifically named for allegedly fostering these beliefs, charges up to $50,000 annually per student and lists celebrities like Jack Black, Maya Rudolph, and Zooey Deschanel among its alumni.

It's noteworthy that Musk's accusation doesn't merely focus on this one institution. In a statement made last October, he generalized his concerns, suggesting that elite schools and liberal universities have been infiltrated by "neo-Marxists" promoting disdain for the wealthy.

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