Elon Musk has become one of the most influential personals in the world. The technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer, Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. Musk holds South African, Canadian, and U.S. citizenship and founded much successful business ventures over the years. He founded the private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company, SpaceX in 2002. He is the CEO of the automotive and energy company, Tesla, Inc. He also co-founded the American neurotechnology company, Neuralink in 2016. He also founded an infrastructure and tunnel construction company, called The Boring Company. He also co-founded a non-profit artificial intelligence research organization OpenAI. OpenAI promotes and develops friendly AI.
Elon Musk was born to Maye and Errol Musk and has two siblings Kimbal and Tosca Musk. Musk moved to Canada to attend Queen’s University at the age of 17. Two years later he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania. He dropped out of Stanford University after two days of attending to pursue an entrepreneurial career. Afterward, he co-founded the web software company, Zip2. He also founded the company X.com which was an online bank that later became PayPal, the online payment and transfer app. Currently, Elon Musk has a net worth of $22.3 billion and listed as one of the most powerful and richest people in the world. His goals is to make human life better which included reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption and reducing the risk of human extinction by establishing a human colony on Mars.
1. He Built A Video Game At The Age Of 12:
Elon Musk taught himself programming at the young age of 10. At the age of 12, he created a video game called Blastar. Similar to the game Space Invaders, Musk sold his game for $500 to South African magazine PC and Office Technology. One can still find the game online.
2. His First Business Venture:
At the age of 15, Musk with his siblings and cousins started an arcade business. Though they managed to get the idea to the city zoning phase, they were stopped as they were too young to start a business. Musk used to make his siblings and cousins work for him in several small ways like selling Easter eggs in the neighborhood.
He always had an interest in space and rockets. From an early age, he started experimenting with making rockets and explosives. In an interview, he told, “It is remarkable how many things you can explode. I’m lucky I have all my fingers.”
3. He Created A School For His Kids:
Musk bought a mansion in Bel-Air and turned it into a school for his 5 kids, and 20 other kids. The school is called Ad-Astra, which is the Latin word for ‘To the Stars.’ There are no traditional grades in his school.
4. He Was Bullied As A Kid:
While growing up in South Africa, Musk was bullied and beaten up badly by his classmates. In an interview, he recalled the violence that was growing up at that time in South Africa. He said, there were a couple of pretty evil gangs who used to pick their victims and he was one of them. He was beaten up badly as a kid and as a result at the age of 41, he had to have a surgery to fix a deviated septum.
5. The Inspiration Behind Iron Man:
The director of the Iron Man films, Jon Favreau confirmed that his version of Tony Stark is inspired by Elon Musk. In Iron Man 2, Musk made a cameo and some parts of the movie were also filmed at SpaceX headquarters. Musk has also appeared in TV shows such as the Big Bang Theory and the Simpsons.
6. He Paid For His Rent By Hosting Parties:
When he was studying at the University of Pennsylvania, Musk and his roommate Adeo Ressi would throw house parties and charge a cover fee of $5 to pay their rent. They rented a frat house with 10-bedroom and turned it into a nightclub. The club apparently could hold up to 1,000 people. Though Musk would stay sober during these events and keep things under control.
7. Personal Life:
Musk’s mother, Maye is a model and a dietician-nutritionist, wellness coach and also has run her own nutrition business for more than 45 years. In 2017, at the age of 69, she became the new face of beauty brand CoverGirl. Elon’s sister, Tosca Musk is a filmmaker. She founded Musk Entertainment and has produced various movies
Elon Musk has been married thrice. His first wife was Canadian author Justine Wilson, whom he had his first child with Nevada Alexander Musk. Unfortunately, their kid died at the age of 10 weeks because of sudden infant death syndrome. The couple later had five sons, twins in 2004, and triplets in 2006. They separated in 2008. He married his second wife English actress Talulah Riley twice. They got married in 2010 then got divorced in 2012. In 2013, Musk and Riley remarried and got divorced again. Musk is currently dating Canadian musician Grimes.
8. His Other Ventures:
Elon Musk played a very important role in creating the company SolarCity. SolarCity is a company that supplies solar-powered equipment and panels. Though the idea was suggested by Musk, he doesn’t run the company instead he turned over control of his company to his two cousins, Peter, and Lyndon Rive. He does remain the most prominent shareholder and chairman of the company. Musk also conceptualized and patented Hyperloop which is still a theory. It is basically a pod-like vehicle that travels through a tube and will run by solar power.
9. His Parents Thought He Was Deaf:
When Musk was at a very young age, he would often gaze into the distance while his parents were speaking to him. This made them believe that he might be deaf. The doctors removed his adenoids but it didn’t help. Later his parents found out that he was just daydreaming.
10. His Believes:
Musk has been working to make a better life for humans for a long time. Musk strongly believes that Artificial Intelligence is the biggest threat to the human race. His idea of colonizing Mars with humans inspired him to make the company SpaceX. He not only believes in extraterrestrial life but also in the simulation hypothesis which is similar to the Matrix.