The news, confirmed this morning by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, was not long in making the world go round and a lot of ink flowing. Obsessed by an unprecedented scientific discovery made by his teams on the site of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the billionaire would have immediately made an offer impossible to refuse for an Egyptian government still in financial crisis.
The eccentric boss of SpaceX and Tesla said in an interview published in the latest issue of Wired, published this Wednesday, to have succeeded in understanding the “secret” of the great pyramids of Egypt, without really saying more, probably to maintain the lead he hopes to have acquired with this operation.
An offer which cannot be refused
“This is an offer unlike anything we’ve ever seen in terms of heritage buyouts,” said Zahi Hawass, the Egyptian minister of antiquities. “It was simply impossible for us to refuse it given the difficulties we are still facing, both economically and socially and politically.
Okay, but what is the unspeakable number? How much is the amount that forced the Egyptian government to give up ownership of its main source of tourism revenue? Neither the buyer nor the seller would answer the question, but a source close to the transaction said it was “more than half of Musk’s personal fortune” currently estimated at some $153 billion.
An unprecedented revelation
But another question fuels our curiosity even more: what could be the secret that the billionaire claims to have cracked? For a strategist of Elon Musk’s stature to justify squandering his fortune in this way, it must be a real revolution! All we know is what he said in his interview with the American magazine Wired: “This is unprecedented. We have found the traces of a technology that does not come from our world (“out of this world” in the original English, which can simply mean “impressive” and not necessarily extraterrestrial, we see you coming), and that we now know how to exploit. Science is on the verge of the greatest breakthrough in its history, nothing to do with Albert Einstein or Marie Curie. Of course, it could simply be a hoax…