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Tesla CEO and new Texan Elon Musk is now the richest person in the world

On an episode of "The Joe Rogan Experience" on Thursday, Austin transfers Joe Rogan and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk called their new city "utopian," a "boomtown" and a "mini California."


Like many other West Coasters, the world's richest person made the switch from California to Austin for business opportunities, announcing this past summer he would plant his newest Tesla Gigafactory just outside of the city.

Musk said he made the move after his team unanimously chose Austin as their new destination.

"Austin is a bit like mini California," Musk said. "I was asking people on the team, 'Where do you want to spend time?' and the No. 1 choice was Austin. I was like, 'What's number two?" There was silence."

As the "Texodus" continues, Musk said that Austin will be the next big U.S. city for growth and opportunity.

"I think Austin's going to be the biggest boomtown that America has seen in half a century," Musk said.

Rogan, who made the move from California himself late last summer, called the city "utopian" and an escape from tighter governmental restrictions.

"I hesitate to talk about it because I talk about it too much, but it's very utopian," Rogan said.

While Musk believes that Austin is a "mini California," he emphasized that he hoped fellow transfers would work to keep the unique Austin spirit alive.

"I think we do need to make sure that people moving from California don't inadvertently recreate the issues that caused them to move in the first place," Musk said.

Both Musk and Rogan had disagreements over local government policies due to COVID-19, with Musk calling local government authorities "fascist" for their shelter-in-place order. In December, Musk followed his upcoming factory and announced that he would be making the move to Texas.

Rogan seemed to agree that Austin was the new place to be, especially during the pandemic.

"There's something special going on," Rogan said. "It feels great to be a part of the escape from this wretched dreariness."

Musk's new $1.1 billion "Giga Texas" factory is projected to be finished later this year.

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