Elon Musk is one of the most successful and recognizable entrepreneurs in the world.
American entrepreneur Elon Reeve Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. Elon grew up in Pretoria a large city just outside of Johannesburg his mother May is a model and she’s appeared on the cover of magazines like Newyork and Al and his father Errol was a mechanical and electrical engineer. As a child, Elon seemed to understand things quicker than the other kids.
In fourth grade, Elon had read through his entire school's library and tried to convince a librarian to order more books. At the age of 9, Elon got his first personal computer, the Commodore VIC-20. He immediately got interested in programming and started to learn it by himself and at the age of 12, he earned $500 by selling a computer game Blaster (a shooter similar to Space Invaders), which he had created by himself. When Elon was at college he fed himself for less than $1 a day.
Elon's intellectual aptitude did him few favors as a child. His school days weren't easy he was once hospitalized after being beaten by bullies. Elon said in an interview that "For some reason, they decided that I was it, and they were going to go after me nonstop. That’s what made growing up difficult. For a number of years, there was no respite. You get chased around by gangs at school who tried to beat the (expletive) out of me, and then I’d come home, and it would just be awful there as well".
At the age of 17, Elon left South Africa and moved to Canada. Elon enrolled in Queen's University in Kingston.In 1992 having spent two years at Queens. Elon transferred to the University of Pennsylvania on a scholarship and taking home degrees in physics and economics. After graduation, Elon Musk dropped out of his applied physics Ph.D course after 2 days because he got bored and started a business with his brother called Zip2.
After his Zip2 success, it didn’t take Elon to pick his next target, the banking industry so he started X.com. X.com and PayPal went head to head for a couple of years until they decided to join forces. Then he got fired as CEO in 2000 because of leadership disagreements. Later eBay acquired it for $1.5 billion. This is where Elon Musk got rich, he got $165 million from the deal.
Elon loved cars and at that time Electric cars are considered to be slow and ugly but a company called Tesla wants to change it, but while they are in a position of bankrupt Elon Musk invested $80 million on Tesla Motors and became its CEO.
At first, it is a failure, cars are very priced, TV shows like Top Gear brought a lot of negativity to the brand but Elon Musk fights back. He took precision care and took some bold decisions like firing some of the employees and even its co-founder and by actively participating in that company’s innovation and decision making he made the company a car giant. Even our Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited his factory. Now they are manufacturing Tesla Roadster 2.0 which is the world’s fastest car ever. now if anyone heard the word “electric car” chances are they are thinking of Tesla mostly like it has no opposition. Tesla is now ruling the electric car market unanimously.
Same in the case of SpaceX, at the beginning it was a failure, they tried to launch their first rocket but failed to reach the orbit three times, for every failure it costs millions of dollars. If there had another failure, Elon Musk might lose all his money at that time. But on their fourth attempt the project got succeeded, At that time they got a deal from NASA and from henceforth there is no turning back. They are the first private company to send a spacecraft to International Space Station.
This 47-year-old Business Magnet is the partial inspiration for the movie character “Iron Man” played by Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man director Jon Favreau needed to make the Tony Stark side of superhero Iron Man seem real. He looked to Elon Musk, a rocket scientist and green energy pioneer, for inspiration. In 2018, he was ranked 25th on Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People.
Elon Musk has signed the Giving Pledge, in which pledges promise to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropic efforts.
He met his first wife, Canadian author Justine Wilson, while both were students at Ontario's Queen's University. They married in 2000 and separated in 2008. Their first son, Nevada Alexander Musk, died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) at the age of 10 weeks. They later had five sons through in vitro fertilization. After a contentious divorce, Elon married British actress Talulah Riley in 2008 and they announced their separation in 2012 and all seemed quite amicable and then they remarried in 2013 and filed for divorce again in 2014 and their divorce finalized in 2016. Now He has also been involved in an on-again, off-again relationship with actress Amber Heard.
Elon wants to die on Mars not earth. Elon’s SpaceX is planning an ambitious mission to Mars with a view to making our lives interplanetary. He is spearheading a movement to colonize the planet Mars.