Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Tuesday confirmed that he has relocated from California to Texas and now calls the Lone Star state his home.
Musk prefaced his remarks by telling the publication that his signature companies Tesla and SpaceX both still have "massive operations" in California.
"It's worth noting that Tesla is the last car company still manufacturing cars in California. SpaceX is the last aerospace company still doing significant manufacturing in California," Musk said, adding, "My companies are the last two left ... that's a very important point to make."
After Tesla's Fremont plant was shuttered in March following a COVID-19 related shelter-in-place order, Musk sued Alameda County, seeking an injunction against the order and threatening to move his company's headquarters out of state.
The Tesla plant resumed operations on May 8 in violation of the shelter-in-place order, with Alameda County officials approving the company's reopening plan shortly thereafter.
“I’ve had a lot of conversations with him, and we’re committed to the success and the innovation and the low-carbon, green growth economy that he’s been promoting for decades and the state of California is accelerating in,” Newsom said at the time.
Musk told The Wall Street Journal that relocating to Texas made sense, given the fact that Tesla's new factory is being built there and that SpaceX's Starship development is located in south Texas.
Musk also told The Wall Street Journal that he believes California has become complacent as a locus of innovative companies, saying, "California's been winning for a long time and I think they're taking it for granted, a little bit."