Elon Musk: an economic model in question

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He is the man who is talked about so much in the four corners of the planet, and who hit hard by announcing for 44 billion dollars the acquisition of Twitter, this now essential social network, including for economic circles. With more than 90 million followers on Twitter, the boss of Tesla, SpaceX and other innovative companies has become the champion of American technological capitalism. His fortune is estimated by Forbes magazine at $265 billion.

What is the business model. He who has achieved a visionary feat in the automotive sector, Tesla, the first manufacturer of electric vehicles in the world, SpaceX, supplier of rockets for NASA, which finance other futuristic adventures.

The galaxy, the Musk empire at the service of a form of megalomania and hard-earned interests. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today with our guests. What is the economic model chosen by Elon Musk, its originality, its springs, from a financial point of view, from an industrial point of view. What are its limits too? And there are. Is this model transposable, and for whom?


Julien Pillot, teacher-researcher at INSEEC Grande Ecole, specialist in the digital economy, issues of innovation and competition.

Michael Valentine, founder and associate director of Opéo Conseil, expert in strategy and industrial organization, author of the book The Tesla Model: From Toyotism to Teslaism: Elon Musk’s Disruption (Dunod editions).


Elon Musk is a citizen of the world. Although having made his fortune in the United States, he was first a child of Pretoria, in South Africa. He did part of his studies there, notably at Pretoria Boys’ High School, a prestigious century-old institution. What do new generations of students think of Elon Musk’s success? Are they inspired by his journey? Report at Pretoria Boys High School by RFI correspondent, Roman Song.


– A lot of questions arise about the relationship between Elon Musk and the tax services in the United States. The richest man in the world like other mega-billionaires, Jeff Bezos for example, is criticized for not paying enough taxes. His income taxes for the year 2021 amounted to – it is Elon Musk who says it – 11 billion dollars. Details from our correspondent in California, Loic Pialat.


It’s a term that comes up from time to time in the history of economics: stagflation. A phenomenon of crisis, which currently threatens many countries. The combination of two factors: stagnant growth and high inflation over a long period. To remedy this, central banks are embarking on a process of raising interest rates, with the risks that entails. Interview with Véronique Riches Florès, independent economist, founder of Rich Flores Research.


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