How Elon Muskâ€™s Mom (and her Twin Sister) Raised the First Family of Tech
Geege Schuman stashed this in Elon Musk
This being an origin story, it all has a great deal to do with their mothers: Maye and Kaye. They areâ€”what else?â€”twins.
Maye, who was divorced from Elon and Kimbalâ€™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.
â€śThey grow up knowing you work hard, and the harder you work, the better you do and the luckier you get,â€ť she recently told VF.com. â€śThey also had to be responsible for themselves, because they had to help me.â€ť
Lyndon Rive, whose parents were entrepreneurs in the natural-health business, recently recalled watching his motherâ€”Kayeâ€”work from 7 in the morning until 11 oâ€™clock at night, every day.
â€śWe grew up thinking thatâ€™s what people do, isnâ€™t it? Thatâ€™s whatâ€™s expected,â€ť 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 didnâ€™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.Â
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.Â