One Divorce, Two Divorce, Three Divorce…The Third Time is not the Charm, Even for a Billionaire

Elon Musk, Justine Musk and Talulah Riley, names you don’t know and probably don’t care about. Their marriages and divorces, however, provide a unique look into money, power, spaceships and electric cars.

A Tesla Roadster on public display at a Japan-based showroom. It is also being charged.

Elon Musk is a billionaire, co-founder of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX. He is three times divorced. Once from his “starter wife,” Justine Musk and twice from his “trophy wife” aka “soul mate” Talulah Riley.

Justine Musk is a writer, blogger and mother-of-five.  Elon gave her an ultimatum some-years into their marriage. “Fix this today or I am divorcing you tomorrow…”  Justine, as part of the divorce, sought “The house; alimony and child support; $6 million cash; 10 percent of his stock in Tesla; 5 percent of his stock in (ed: space transport company) SpaceX (and he retains all voting rights) and a Tesla Roadster (I really, really want one …).” A seemingly paltry sum for a billionaire.

Talulah Riley married Elon twice. Once in 2010, approximately ten minutes after his first divorce and again in 2013. Elon and Talulah divorced in 2012, and Talulah received an estimated $4.2 million and a year or so thereafter their romance rekindled. It was short-lived however, as Elon filed for divorce in December of 2014.  This time Talulah is looking at a reported $16 million dollar settlement.

So, what do we learn from this? No amount of money guarantees a happy marriage. One should never use the terms “starter wife” or “trophy wife.”   Neither Spaceships nor Electric cars are the secret to a healthy relationship.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and can help guide the division of spaceships and electric cars in your next divorce.

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