South African born Canadian-American entrepreneur, business magnate, Elon Musk is an inspiration for many. The ambitious entrepreneur today manages an electric car company Tesla, a rocket company SpaceX, works on projects including artificial intelligence, solar energy, and underground transport Company The Boring Company.
Here are some of the most entertaining and fascinating things you need to know about Elon Musk.
1. He was beaten and bullied so much so that he was hospitalized during his childhood.
When he was in school he was ruthlessly bullied. Once he was thrown down a staircase by his schoolmates. He was blacked out and admitted to hospital.
2. He coded a video game at 12 and sold at $500.
3. He paid his college fee by partying.
While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, the Real World Iron Man used to throw house parties and charge a cover fee of $5 to help him pay his rent. He and his roommate were the only residents of a 10-bedroom frat house, and they would cover the windows with black trash bags and the walls with bright paint as described in his biography book. Musk would stay sober during the events to keep things under control, as he was never big on drinking.
4. He lived in one dollar a day once.
When he was in Canada Musk, “floated among his mother’s cousins’ houses,” according to The New Yorker. He often lived on just a dollar a day, subsisting on hot dogs and oranges.
5. He is drop out.
Musk Dropped out of Stanford just two days after the start of his Phd journey. He wanted to capitalize on the internet boom and hence left Stanford.
6. He started a company out of a Twitter joke.
In 2016, while he was in traffic jam he tweeted about starting a venture called The Boring Company that would dig tunnels underneath car traffic. It seemed to be a joke, but The Boring Company is real and has finished digging on its first tunnel segment in Los Angeles.
7. His company SpaceX wants to send humans to Mars and thus making human race multiplanetary.
His vision of making reusable rockets and making human race multiplanetary made him found SpaceX, a private rocket company.
8. He was inspiration for the 2008 movie Iron Man.
Though the 2008 movie was based on the Marvel comic books, director Jon Favreau told Recode that star Robert Downey Jr. proposed meeting with Musk to see “what it’d really be like to be Tony Stark.” Musk even made a cameo in Iron Man 2, in which he and Downey Jr.’s Stark discuss working together on an electric jet. From there on he was famously named the real world iron man.
9. He is a voracious reader.
When asked how he learned to build rockets, he said “I read books.”
As mentioned in the book, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, “The most striking part of Elon’s character as a young boy was his compulsion to read. From a very young age, he seemed to have a book in his hands at all times. “It was not unusual for him to read ten hours a day,” said Kimbal. “If it was the weekend, he could go through two books in a day.” The family went on numerous shopping excursions in which they realized mid-trip that Elon had gone missing. Maye or Kimbal would pop into the nearest bookstore and find Elon somewhere near the back sitting on the floor and reading in one of his trancelike states”.
According to the book Elon listed The Lord of the Rings, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, and Robert Heinlein’s The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress as some of his favorites, alongside The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
10. He nearly went broke.
In 2008, his company was loosing money quickly and he was having trouble launching SpaceX rockets. During the time he was living off loans from his wealthy friends. Musk put his last $35 million into Tesla and maintained his stake in the company, despite his lack of cash. Tesla went public, and today it’s valued at more than $33.4 billion, while Musk himself is worth $71.3 billion, according to Forbes.