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Why is this on HN, and the top story no less? Gossip about celebrities is boring, even if the celebrity happens to be a famous geek. I'm not one to bitch about off-topic stories, but I'm genuinely curious why people find this story to be interesting.

Elon Musk co-founded PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk

Yes, I am aware of who he is. Why is his divorce any more interesting because of the companies he has founded?

Perhaps as a lesson to the entrepreneurs on here who are hoping to strike it rich, and who are not yet married?

Or in Musk's case, are married and then strike it rich.

Nonsense, Elon Musk was already a millionaire from the sale of zip2 to Compaq in 1999, he married in 2000.

Whoops, my bad. (I extrapolated the "met in college" quote on his wikipedia entry and the "married young" (which isn't actually true) quote on his ex-wifes).

It's more a lesson to get pre-nup because not only you can get screwed in a divorce, your partners and shareholders could to. So, if your significant other ask why you need a pre-nup hand them that line and it so happens to be true.

Per the article, his wife proposed after he made his first fortune.

Geek Empathy.

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I believe the divorce proceedings have affected his companies.

Basically it is an intelligent and well-written PR piece. Something to learn from.

As a warning to other entrepreneurs: you can either get married or make a company, but dammed is the poor fool who does both.

That seems like precisely the wrong lesson to draw from this experience.

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