Elon Musk is popularly known for his two gigantic companies: Tesla and SpaceX. However, there are tons of Elon Musk facts you never knew about. Since he is never out of headlines, it is very important to know what this billionaire entrepreneur is doing.
He is not only just the headline news but also a great source of inspiration for you and me. This super genius guy was born in Pretoria, South Africa. Later they moved to Canada which helped him in making his way to the United States. Next, tech and space drove his attention towards themselves which eventually made him become the current CEO of SpaceX and Tesla.
Brush up Your Knowledge on Some Fascinating Elon Musk Facts
Musk has big dreams and he has been working very hard in achieving them. His foremost goals are:
- colonizing Mars and hoping to send 80,000 people for $500,000 every trip,
- secondly building environmental-friendly and speedy transportation electric vehicles.
Nevertheless, all Elon Msk facts we know about is the basics of how he started his journey. So, that is all you probably know about him. On the other hand, for most of us, that is all we need to know about. So, why to waste another less or more of 15 minutes reading this article.
Yes, you may know even more than the basics about him but did you know that he was a teenage arcade game mogul. Or that he was the driving source of inspiration for Robert Downey Jr.’s replica of the Iron Man. Therefore, give these Elon Musk facts a try and let us know if you have taken away something from here.
Below there are 15 fascinating Elon Musk facts that will blow your mind. Starting from childhood Elon Musk facts to the current CEO position and Lord Saving aims of Musk.
1. Blastar By Elon Musk
Back in 1984, the 12-year-old Musk programmed a video game which he called Blaster. He created the game using Commodore Vic 20. Later, he published the video game source code in a magazine called PC and Office Technology under the name of E. R Musk. So, he received $500 in return, thus, making him a prodigy.
You can have a look at Musk’s video game at Blaster.
2. Musk’s first business was an arcade
According to Vogue, at the age of 15, Musk alongside his brother and cousin started an arcade business. However, the business did not last very long. When their parents revealed it, they made Elon and his partners quit the business. Thus, his first business was shut soon.
3. Musk was Bullied at school
In Vogue 2015, Musk once said:
South Africa was a violent place. There was a level of violence growing up which couldn’t be tolerated in any American School.There were some villian gangs who used to bully others and I was one of the victims.
He was once beaten up very badly, as a result, he ended up in a hospital.
4. His mother is a supermodel.
Yes, the 70-year-old mother Maye Musk of this billionaire entrepreneur is a supermodel. She is a pretty gorgeous and brave woman!
5. He hosted a nightclub during college
Elon Musk and his roommate Adeo Ressi rented a large and beautiful house which they used as a nightclub. Sometimes over 1,000 people would gather there at nights.
6. He quit his Ph.D. degree
Most of us die hard for an acceptance or a congratulation letter for getting into universities like Standford or Harvard. On the other hand, a very secret Elon Musk fact is that he abandoned his Ph.D. from Stanford University after two days to start Zip2 an online city guide to software and newspaper.
7. Initially, he slept on a couch
Before becoming a billionaire, Musk had overcome a bunch of problems. According to Vogue, he used to stay in his office building and sleep on a couch. Then, he used to shower at the local YMCA during the struggles for Zip2.
8. Musk tried to grow plants on Mars
Yes, he did try to grow plants on Mars. Though it seems unusual, this genius has bigger plans. He wants to colonize Mars soon enough. In 2001, Musk addressed the public about colonizing Mars; he said that settling on Mars is:
a positive, constructive, inspirational goal capable of uniting humanity at a critical time.
Since then, he has been trying out experiments to make living on Mars a reality.
9. He wants to die at Mars
One of the crazy Elon Musk facts is he is so obsessed with Mars that he wants to there. At SXSW 2013, he once said
“it’s the first time in four and a half billion years that we are at a level of technology where we have the ability to reach Mars. I’ve said I want to die on Mars, just not on impact.”
10. His failures dated his success
In the beginning, he thought of exporting space rockets and/or rocket parts from Russia. However, due to the costly load, he ceased the plan. But then he started building his own space rocket and their parts. Now they build almost 80% of the parts for their space rockets on their own.
11. He almost sold Tesla to Google
According to Ashlee Vance author of the book on Elon’s Biography, Elon Musk almost has sold his $2.2 billion worth company Tesla to Google. In 2013, when Tesla was going through tough times and sales were dropping off, Musk intended to sell Tesla to Google for $6 billion.
12. Tesla has been accused of gender discrimination, racism, and homophobia
The Guardian the British daily newspaper reports that Tesla has a tradition of sexual harassment and unequal payment. They just don’t treat woman engineers and workers equal to men. Moreover, The Guardian reports that the black electrician DeWitt Lambert faced some racism at Tesla for a long time. And Tesla was about to give him his settlement only if he doesn’t bring this out to media.
13. He pays off very badly for vacations
Since Musk is a workaholic, he once announced that he works for 80 to 100 hours per week. As a result of working overtime, his personal life and vacations are suffering. There are various reasons that he doesn’t take any vacations:
- when he was on his first vacation, he was substituted by Peter Thiel by the board at PayPal
- after he found SpaceX, he went on a vacation, as a result, one of the SpaceX’s rocket exploded
and many more. After the explosion of company’s rocket, Musk said:
“The first time I took a week off, the Orbital Sciences rocket exploded and Richard Branson’s rocket exploded, In that same week, the second time I took a week off, my rocket exploded. The lesson here is don’t take a week off.”
14. Elon Musk was not an American citizen until 2002
Musk is originally from Africa, then he moved to Canada. His mother is Canadian so it was not very difficult for him to become Canadian. However, he had to face a hard time until he got American citizenship in 2002.
15. He is digging Tunnels in Los Angles
We all know traffic is a pretty big problem in most of the countries in the world. Los Angles, one of the most crowded places on the globe, drove Musk crazy with its traffic. So, Just two years ago, he tweeted:
Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016
Since then, Musk had been working on this project. On May 2018 CNBC reported that the tunnel has been completed and will soon be open to the public for demos. Moreover, this 3 miles of track is capable to move people and cars at the speed of 800 miles per hour.
Then, in November 2018, Elon Musk tweeted a video showing off O’Leary Station or the machine approaching the end.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 17, 2018
Know more about the Elon Musk Tunnel – Future of City Transport
Wrapping Up Elon Musk Facts
So that is it for some fascinating Elon Musk facts for now. Also, stay tuned for some more amazing Elon Musk facts because we might soon have to update our list.
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