Long-standing rumors suggest that Elon Musk’s father is the owner of an  emerald mine in South Africa and has provided Musk with financial  support.

These allegations gained popularity after Elon Musk’s dad, Errol, said  in an interview that he used emeralds from an “under the table” mine in  Zambia to pay for his son’s travel from South Africa to the United  States.

Elon stated in a tweet dated December 2019 that “He didn’t own an  emerald mine & I worked my way through college, ending up with $100k  in student debt.”