The business of creating the future is an expensive one, and it's a lesson that Elon Musk is seemingly learning the hard way. While Musk and SpaceX are celebrating another successful launch of their Falcon 9 rocket, hot on the heels of a launch that carried 10 satellites into orbit, other areas of Musk's professional life aren't faring quite so well. Take Tesla, where a reports of the company running out of cash, plummeting stock prices, and a recent Tesla Model S recall affecting 123,000 vehicles have sent investors into a panicked spiral. As a result, Musk's net worth dropped by a whopping 17% over the past month. Tesla stock prices have also dropped more than 15% in the wake of a deadly crash involving a Tesla Model X that was allegedly using the vehicle's autopilot feature. All things considered, everything is not coming up Milhouse for Elon Musk lately.
But should we be concerned that the billionaire will be reduced to a mere millionaire anytime soon? Musk took to Twitter on April 1 where he joked that Tesla "has gone completely and totally bankrupt."
While he likely won't go bankrupt anytime soon, Elon Musk's financial future is the subject of hot debate on this week's episode of Muskwatch. Plus, we break down what you need to know about the aforementioned Falcon 9 launch, and how the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency is revolutionizing the way we make rocket fuel. Watch along in the video above and brace yourselves because things are about to get weird.
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