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Elon Musk calls California ‘entitled,’ says he’s moved to Texas

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 12/9/2020 Nancy Dillon

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says his days of being a California booster are over — he’s now a resident of Texas, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Speaking at a WSJ event, the billionaire businessman who sued Alameda County officials over the pandemic-related closure of his U.S. Tesla plant in May said he believes the Golden State has lost its edge.

He compared Silicon Valley to a sports team near the end of a winning streak.

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk gestures as he arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Awards ceremony, in Berlin, on Dec. 1. © BRITTA PEDERSEN SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk gestures as he arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Awards ceremony, in Berlin, on Dec. 1.

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk gestures as he arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Awards ceremony, in Berlin, on Dec. 1. (BRITTA PEDERSEN/)

“They do tend to get a little complacent, a little entitled, and then they don’t win the championship anymore,” he said during comments at the WSJ’s CEO Council annual summit.

He said the California “has been winning for a long time” and has started taking its innovators “for granted a little bit.”

“I think we’ll see some reduction in the influence of Silicon Valley,” he said, calling on government officials to “just get out of the way.”

The WSJ did not report on where exactly Musk has moved in the Lone Star State.

His Boring Company has a presence in Austin while Space X has a launch control center in Boca Chica near the Texas border with Mexico.

Texas has no state income tax, and Mr. Musk qualified this year for more than a billion dollars in stock-option compensation.

He also filed paperwork in October to move his personal foundation to Austin from California, Bloomberg previously reported.

Musk, 49, didn’t clarify Tuesday whether his partner, the musician Grimes, also made the move to Texas with their infant son, X Æ A-X 12.

But the Tesla founder said in a series of Twitter posts May 1 that he planned to liquidate all his real estate.

“I am selling almost all physical possessions,” he tweeted. “Will own no house.”

He put his mansions on the market, selling a six-bedroom Bel-Air estate for $29 million in June.

Musk listed his storied 47-acre Guigne Court estate just south of San Francisco in the tony town of Hillsborough for $35 million, the San Jose Mercury reported.

He tweeted that anyone interested in buying his Bel-Air home previously owned by Gene Wilder had to promise not to tear it down.

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