- Jack Sweeney, 19, has been known to track the private jet movements of several billionaires, such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates.
- He recently went viral after Musk offered him $5,000 to take down the account.
- The teen has now started selling merchandise that shows Musk smoking weed, as a backup to fund his ventures.
Jack Sweeney, the teen whose Twitter account went viral for tracking the private jet movements of Elon Musk, has started a business to help fund his project.
Sweeney’s business, called Ground Control, sells merchandise like stickers, hoodies, and T-shirts that show Musk smoking weed during his 2018 appearance on the podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
In addition to Musk’s photo, the products also feature the text, “I know how high Elon is,” along with the @ElonJet Twitter handle and a picture of Musk’s jet.
The teen had created the LLC “a while back” but there hasn’t been a lot of sales so far. Still, he told Insider that he has “somewhat decent donations and AdSense,” Google’s website monetization program.
Sweeney launched the business to help “monetize” his venture, he told The Guardian on Wednesday. This will serve as a backup source of funds to help him continue his jet-tracking operation in case his Twitter account gets taken down.
Last month, Protocol reported that Musk had offered Sweeney $5,000 to shut down his account. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO stated at the time that such social media accounts were “becoming a security issue.”
According to the teen, he countered with $50,000, which was considered by Musk, but he ultimately considered that it didn’t “feel right.”
Sweeney’s recent fame also bagged him a job offer to be part of the development team of private charter flight company Stratos Jet Charters. CEO Joel Thomas credited the teen’s “creativity” in developing his accounts.
Musk has since blocked all social media accounts linked to Sweeney, who also tracks the private jet movements of other billionaires such as Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos.