Elon Musk, who was of late hailed as the ‘richest man on the planet’ has always been a role model for millions around the globe! Having made his way through the gigantic world of globalization and technology, his achievement as the CEO of Tesla and Space X is massive and matchless. An unbeatable tycoon in every sense, Musk has offered only a fair share from his slice of life so far. Here are a few things, some amazingly unknown facts about Elon Musk that would definitely feast your eyes and soul.
1. Real Life Tony Stark
Robert Down Jr. modelled his legendary character in the Iron Man movies on none other than Elon Musk. In fact, the parts of Iron Man was filmed in the premises of Space X. In addition to this he also made a brief appearance as a cameo in the film. Considering his acting versatility as a cameo, he even got guest-started in an episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘The Simpsons’.
2. Marriage(s) and Kids
The business high-flyer had been married three times in total and is the begetter of seven kids so far. Musk married Sci-Fi writer Justine Wilson in 2000 and they have five sons together.
After separating from her in 2008 he wedded English actress Talulah Riley in 2010. In 2012, the couple got divorced to get married again in 2013. But unfortunately they got divorced again in 2016.
3. Rootless yet Multiple Citizenship
Musk was born in South Africa to Errol and Maye Musk on 28th June 1971. Later, at the age of 17, he got shifted to Canada. Three years later he moved to the United States to study Business and Physical science at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Thus he holds South African, Canadian and the US citizenship. Currently he is settled in Los Angeles, California.
4. A Self-Taught Tech-Savvy
He got equipped with the various dimensions of computer programming and coding at the age of 12. A vast majority of the portions were self-taught. He even created a video game named “Blaster” during this time. This was a Sci-Fi inspired, space themed game which expressed his inclination towards Technology and Space at an early age. Later, he solved this particular game for $500 to a computer magazine. At present this game is easily accessible to any online.
5. Least Smart,Tormented Kid
He was the youngest kid in his family and was also stamped as the least smartest of all. Hence he was continuously bullied and tormented by his classmates more often which prompted him to withdraw himself to a comfort zone of his own. This lead him to the world of books and computers which for him was a super-exciting escapade. As a result he also learned Karate, Judo and wrestling at the age of 15, to defend himself from the bulliers.
6. Stanford Drop out and Entrepreneurship
After graduating in Physics and Economics from Pennsylvania, he moved to California to earn his PhD. in Applied Physics at Stanford University. But since his mind was flooded with his entrepreneur dreams and visions, he got dropped out of Stanford in just 2 days.
As a result of this he started the ‘Zip 2 Corporation’ with his brother Kimbal, that provided licensed online city guide for Newspaper publishers and this was indeed a baby step towards his empire of business. Later in 1999, he sold this company to Compaq for $300 million.
Following this he started an online banking company in 1999, which he later merged with another software company changing its name to ‘PayPal’. Pay Pal was later acquired by Ebay for $1.5 billion and Musk received a share of $165 million.
7. Man of Eccentric Ideas
He is always regarded as a creative genius who whips out some of the inventive ideas which designed the future of his society in positive shades. Making Mrs habitable for human beings is one among such ideas propagated and envisioned by Musk. Along with this he has also mentioned his desire to breath his last on this red planet.
Building a Hyperloop that travels 1200 Kmph is yet another masterpiece idea navigated by Musk. Making space tourism a dream come true is a further addition to the long-drawn-out list of his dreams and he is already planning for it.
With Neuralink, he wants to build a technology that will literally connect human beings to computer, thereby improving their memory and decision making abilities.
8. Tesla and Space X
Today Elon Musk is synonymous with these two names. He is the co-founder of Tesla, a company that manufactures electric sports cars. He is the master brain behind the design, engineering and global manufacturing of the Tesla products.
In addition this he expanded the horizon of his kingdom in 2002 with SpaceX, a company that creates space launch vehicles with an aim to reduce space transportation costs and make humanity multi-planetary. Though no investors came forward for SpaceX, he alone struggled to make it a successful venture. Today, SpaceX is the most innovative venture and is valued at nearly $36 Billion.
9. Always the ‘Forbes’ man
According to Forbes, he has been a consistent name on Forbes’ list of most powerful people.
10. Most ‘Innovative American’
Musk has managed to reach atop the list of America’s most innovative leaders.
A man of success, a legend of vision, and the giant of business magnate- Elon Musk!