She has no redeeming features

Sunday, December 10th, 2023

Elon Musk by Walter IsaacsonElon Musk’s mother Maye described his girlfriend Justine, Walter Isaacson explains (in his biography of Elon), as having no redeeming features:

“When he told me he was going to marry her, I did an intervention,” Kimbal says. “I was like, ‘Don’t, you must not, this is the wrong person for you.’ ” Navaid Farooq, who had been with Musk at the party when he first met Justine, tried to stop him as well. But Musk loved both Justine and the turmoil. The wedding was scheduled for a weekend in January 2000 on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin.

Musk flew in the day before with a prenuptial agreement his lawyers had written. He and Justine drove around the island looking for a notary who would witness it on a Friday evening, but they couldn’t find one. She promised that she would sign it when they returned (she ended up doing so two weeks later), but the conversation sparked a lot of tension. “I think he felt very nervous about getting married and not having this thing signed,” she says. That precipitated a fight, and Justine got out of the car and walked to find some of her friends. Later that night, they got back together in the villa but continued fighting. “The villas were open-air, so all of us could hear the row,” Farooq says, “and we didn’t know what to do about it.” At one point Musk stalked out and told his mother that the wedding was off. She was relieved. “Now you won’t be miserable,” she told him. But then he changed his mind and returned to Justine.

The tension continued the next day. Kimbal and Farooq tried to convince Musk to let them whisk him away to the airport so he could escape. The more they insisted, the more intransigent he became. “No, I’m marrying her,” he declared.


Then, as they danced, he whispered to her a reminder: “I am the alpha in this relationship.”


  1. Jim says:

    (If you’re tempted to ask, “Jim, did you really just idly read a sentence in a biography excerpt on a WordPress blog on the Internet and have the most perfectly relevant memory fragment of something you saw once over ten years ago and haven’t thought of again flicker-flash tap dance across your mind’s eye?” to you my answer is, “Yes: it happens all the time.”)

  2. X-Ray says:

    Funny, that he had to mention alpha. You’d think by that time she should/would have known.

  3. Southerner says:

    On the plus side, unlike Jeff and Bill, Elon has no political ambitions and a very limited political agenda. Imagine if Musk went full Bond super-villain.

  4. Jim says:

    It’s less that the Elon doesn’t have “political ambitions” and more that His are so grand as to not register as “political” in the minds of men. If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.

Leave a Reply