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How Elon Musk’s Mom (and her Twin Sister) Raised the First Family of Tech

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This being an origin story, it all has a great deal to do with their mothers: Maye and Kaye. They are—what else?—twins.

Maye, who was divorced from Elon and Kimbal’s father before Elon was 10, has two master of science degrees, practiced as a dietician, and worked on the side as a model to pay bills as a single mother.

“They grow up knowing you work hard, and the harder you work, the better you do and the luckier you get,” she recently told “They also had to be responsible for themselves, because they had to help me.”

Lyndon Rive, whose parents were entrepreneurs in the natural-health business, recently recalled watching his mother—Kaye—work from 7 in the morning until 11 o’clock at night, every day.

“We grew up thinking that’s what people do, isn’t it? That’s what’s expected,” he says.

This bred quite a bit of independence, and quite a bit of time for the cousins to get up to something. The fact that they didn’t get allowances meant they spent that free time trying to come up with ways to make a buck. That they grew up 20 minutes away from each other made it easy to scheme together.

What's expected is that you work 16 hours a day?!

That doesn't leave any time to spend with your kids. 

I wonder if our great-grandparents had time for their children.

Not much. But I imagine they wish they had more time for their children. 

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