Who is Elon Musk, and what made him big?
28 May 2020 | 2:08 pm
How did an awkward, nerdy boy from South Africa become a world-famous American engineering entrepreneur? Elon Musk's story is a lesson in how a few simple principles, applied relentlessly, can yield amazing results.
ust two weeks before going to trial, Elon Musk has agreed to follow through with his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter. The billionaire entrepreneur had tried to call off the takeover just days after announcing it in April. Twitter shares soared as the news was confirmed.
An award-winning charity, the Home of Hope for Girls, provides services to survivors of sexual abuse and child sex trafficking in Johannesburg. Sexual violence rates in South Africa are among the highest recorded in the world.
The richest man in the world, Elon Musk, is buying Twitter for the equivalent of around €41 billion. That makes the deal one of the biggest in Wall Street history.
The warring sides in Ethiopia's two-year-long brutal conflict head to South Africa for peace negotiations, although the talks are pushed back to Tuesday. Staying in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa submits his "action plan" in response to the Zondo Commission's report into graft and fraud in the public sector under his predecessor Jacob Zuma.
Peace talks aimed at ending the two-year-old conflict in the Tigray regions of Ethiopia have begun in Pretoria. The negotiations follow a surge in violence in recent weeks.
The world's richest man Elon Musk has completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter, and tweeted: "The bird is freed".
King Misuzulu was formally declared the head of the country's most influential traditional monarchy at a ceremony in Durban. The new king will first need to repair royal family ties after a bitter succession feud.
The world's richest man now controls one of the most influential social media platforms. What's his plan? And how will he use that power?
Elon Musk said afterwards in a tweet that the arrangement is only temporary. It is unclear if or when he will name a new board.
Some web users are falsely claiming that Paul Pelosi and the suspect who attacked him are gay lovers. Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, tweeted then deleted this unfounded conspiracy theory published by the Santa Monica Observer. Also, did Musk fire an employee on a live Joe Rogan show? We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
South Africa is seeing another wave of anti-immigrant protests driven by a new movement called Operation Dudula. DW’s Adrian Kriesch reports from one of the anti-migrant protests in the mining town of Rustenburg.
Employees are bracing for bad news after receiving a memo about job cuts, with every second worker reportedly at risk of being laid off. Elon Musk has already fired top executives since buying the social media giant.
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