Success Runs in Elon Musk's Family: Meet His Mother, Maye Musk

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Elon Musk’s mom, Maye Musk, is a highly successful model, author, and dietitian. What was she like young?

Ade Hennis - Author

Feb. 17 2023, Updated 2:38 p.m. ET

Maye Musk and Elon Musk
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Elon Musk with his mom at the Met Gala 2022.

To say Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s career has been highly successful is an understatement. From having multi-billion-dollar companies, to being one of the richest men in the world who has revolutionized technology globally, the South African native has accomplished a lot. But Musk couldn’t have accomplished this much if it wasn’t for his mother, Maye Musk.

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The billionaire’s mother had the money and fame well before he did, and has a strong educational background. We caught a glimpse of the mother-son duo on the red carpet of the 2022 Met Gala and since then, people have become just as intrigued with Maye as they have with Musk. Want to know more about Elon Musk's mom and how she became successful? Keep reading!

Maye Musk
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What did Maye Musk study in school?

At 74 years old, Maye holds two Master of Science degrees. She obtained her first degree in Dietetics when she was 34 years old and living in South Africa. Then in her early 40s, Maye completed her second degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto. With over a 50-year career in dietetics, Maye started her journey in the field when she completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics at the age of 21.

While studying and practicing dietary sciences, Maye had three children with her ex-husband, Errol Musk. Of course, one of those three children would be Elon. While the Tesla founder is known for being a South African native, his mother is actually from Saskatchewan, Canada. To this day, Maye is still a registered dietitian nutritionist. She has built her own businesses, serves a vast number of patients, and continues to build upon her research.

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Is Elon Musk's mother a model?

Along with handling her nutrition business and raising children, Maye has also been a model for nearly 60 years. She started at the age of 15 when she moved from Canada to South Africa with her parents. While many people’s modeling careers peak when they’re young, Maye's modeling career has only flourished as she has gotten older. She has been featured on multiple billboards in Time Square in her 60s.

At the age of 69, the Canadian native became a Covergirl.

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As an accomplished model, Maye signed with two agencies at 72 years old, including CAA Fashion and CAA Speakers. She has been featured in multiple magazines and music videos, including videos with Beyoncé, and was the oldest Hypebae. Maye is also a published author with multiple books that have reached various international industries. Here's a list of the books Maye has written so far:

  • Feel Fantastic (1996)
  • Executive Stamina: 21 Days to Change a Habit (1999)
  • A Woman Makes A Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure (2019)
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Do Maye Musk and Elon Musk have a strong relationship?

Based on the behavior they display when together and the love Maye shows for Musk via social media, it's quite clear Musk's mom loves him. It's also safe to say the two have a healthy mother-son relationship. Check out this tweet Maye posted to her son on Feb. 17, 2022.

Who are Elon Musk's grandparent's?

Maye's mother, Winnifred Josephine, was a chiropractor, while her father, Joshua Norman Haldeman, was an amateur archeologist. They traveled often and took Maye with them, which exposed her to different cultures. Maye's parents were a big influence in helping her start her modeling career.

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