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Tesla tycoon Elon Musk enjoys Belfast pub grub and Game of Thrones set visit with children

By Jonathan Bell

US tech billionaire Elon Musk was in Belfast on Wednesday, and stopped by a pub for some food with his family.

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The entrepreneur, who is behind the Tesla motor company and space exploration company SpaceX, visited the set of Game of Thrones.

It was initially reported Mr Musk had brought a security detail with him as he dropped by in at the Titanic Studios paint hall film set.

Responding to the report by the Belfast Telegraph on Twitter, Mr Musk said he was "just there with my kids for a few hours to see the GoT set & had dinner at a pub. Love the show and GRRM’s books".

In his tweet Mr Musk also seemed to rebuff the suggestions he was looking for investment opportunities in Northern Ireland.

On Wednesday night multiple sources in the local business community were unable to confirm if he was looking to establish business links in the region, while Invest NI said it would not comment on any potential investors considering a move into the region for commercial reasons.

South African born Musk made his fortune in the first internet boom in the early 1990s with online city guide Zip2. He later went on to found a financial services company which later became PayPal - which was sold for $1.5bn in stock in 2002.

In the years since he founded a space exploration company SpaceX and is chief executive of the Tesla motor company which makes electric cars.

In February SpaceX launched its most powerful rocket ever into space - and carrying Mr Musk's Tesla Roadster. It is said to revolutionise space travel as its rocket boosters are re-usable.

At the start of the month Game of Throne cast and crew got together for a final goodbye after for the wrap party for the eighth and final series of the epic HBO series which has provided such a boon to Northern Ireland tourism - as well as for celebrity spotting.

While the main cast and crew may have left, it's understood principle photography, filming and post-production is still underway on the sets.

However, it may not be the last we have seen of the fire-breathing dragons and legendary swordsmen as HBO is considering a prequel with rumours it will be shot in Northern Ireland.

Set 1,000 years prior to the battles over the Iron Throne the prequel series is planned to focus on time known as the Age Of Heroes.

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