Elon Musk is one of today's most notable personalities, the "real-life Tony Stark." From his academic background to business and investment, these are 15 curiosities and facts about Tesla's strongman.
Get to know your passions, your deeds, your children and your spouses. Musk guards his private life with unwavering zeal in stark contrast to his professional background and this makes him even more enigmatic and intriguing.
1. Elon Musk was born in South Africa and has three nationalities.
He was born on June 28, 1971 in South Africa, currently with 48 years (2019) and has 3 nationalities. The youth were spent in Pretoria until they were 17 when they moved to Canada. Then it would move to the United States of America.
2. Graduated in Physics and Economics, but dropped out of studies
His academic background includes a course in physics (College of Arts and Sciences) and economics (Wharton School).
Musk enrolled in a postgraduate degree in Applied Physics and Material Sciences at Stanford University in 1995, but gave up two days later, starting your entrepreneurial phase.
3. Has five children and has been divorced three times
Elon Musk got married with Jennifer Justine Wilson / Musk in 2000, divorcing 8 years later in 2008.
Fruit of this relationship would be born 6 children, the first of which, Nevada Alexander Musk, would suddenly die at 10 weeks. The following 5 children were the result of fertilization. in vitro, born in 2004 (twins) and 2006 (triplets).
Musk began a relationship with actress Talulah Riley in 2008, marrying her in 2010. In January 2012 they would end the relationship by announcing the (short-term) divorce.
In July 2013 they would remarry, but in December 2014 Musk would file for divorce again, later removed. The relationship definitely ended in 2016 and that same year Musk related to actress Amber Heard.
He currently has a relationship with Canadian artist Grimes.
4. Inspired Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. based the character of Tony Stark (Iron Man) on an exaggerated version of Elon Musk. Proof of this is Musk's brief brief presence in the 2nd Iron Man 2 movie in 2010.
5. After the sale of PayPal made a "all-in "
Musk was one of the co-founders of PayPal and would become a member of "PayPal Mafia ". The name was given to former members of the company who would later found some of the most well-known names on the Internet such as YouTube, Linkedin, Yelp and Palantir.
Following the sale of PayPal (2002) to eBay, Musk received $ 165 million and invested all savings, about $ 180 million. Spent 100 million on space agency SpaceX, 70 million in Tesla and 10 million dollars in Solar city.
Musk then had to borrow money to pay the rent.
6. Doesn't want to die on earth
Elon Musk professed his wish to "die on MarsBy then, over the next decade, it wants to put humans on the surface of the "red planet," stepping up investment in its space exploration agency, SpaceX.
7. Admire and fear Artificial Intelligence
One of the biggest fears of Elon Musk is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Something that in your opinion may compromise our future, being a direct consequence of the "bad" development of it and its applications.
Still, Musk has invested in an AI company and believes that the future of mankind will be the creation of a neural network where humans can connect their brains to the Internet.
8. Want to free humanity from fossil fuels
Musk wants to end humanity's dependence on fossil fuels. For this it is creating one of the largest buildings in the world, the Gigafactory to produce electric batteries.
With about 100 of these factories, the whole world could use only renewable sources.
9. How hobby works in a James Bond car
Musk, in his spare time, is trying to convert a Lotus Esprit S1 featured in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) into an authentic submarine.
10. Want to change our home
The tycoon wants to endow the average citizen with energy independence. To do this, Solar City has created tile-shaped solar panels that can cover a home.
The solution, combined with Tesla Powerwall and its cars, makes it possible to rely solely on renewable sources in the home.
11. Created the first game at age 12 and sold it for $ 500
Like Bill Gates, a taste for programming woke her up early with Elon Musk creating his first computer game with 12 years on a Commodore Vic-20.
The game is called Blastar and was then sold by 500 dollars and can still be played on a web version.
12. Shares various habits with Bill Gates
With Bill Gates also shares a healthy distrust of the press, highlighting the need for research and confrontation from various sources, as well as sharing a taste for knowledge and philanthropy.
13. Does not have a rigid political position
Musk already stated not having a clear position as far as politics is concerned. Proof of this are his donations to both the Democratic party and the US Republican.
Recognizes in each party their values, never seen in politics an obstacle to their entrepreneurship.
14. Founded the first company in 1995, Zip2
After giving up continuing his academic studies, Musk founded Zip2 with his brother, Kimbal and Greg Kouri.
The service provided by the company consisted of providing maps and directories for newspapers and online publications. It would sell that same company in 1999 for $ 307 million.
15. Elon Loves Twitter
Elon can't resist sharing his thoughts in 280 or fewer characters. His publications have already sent waves of fear to investors, nearly cost him the job of Tesla CEO, and a $ 40 million fine.
It currently has about 30,000 followers on this social network and often shares various updates about its projects and companies on its public profile.
Musk's companies beyond Tesla and SpaceX
Best known for dividing time between Tesla and SpaceX, Musk plays an active role, whether as an investor or in senior management positions. Among these we have the The Boring Company where Elon also holds the position of CEO.
Urban travel, an area of great interest to Musk, has captivated a number of private investors. Always aiming to speed up our daily journeys, one of the most promising concepts is the Hyperloop.
The system promises to revolutionize transport at speeds previously unthinkable. It presents itself as a greener solution, with energy consumption being greatly reduced and possibly powered by renewable sources.
Elon Musk still holds a leading position in the company SolarCity, responsible for solutions such as photovoltaic tiles, or batteries for the home, Powerwall.
This company, founded in 2006, is dedicated to the development of energy solutions that can take advantage of renewable energy sources, putting it at the service and access of citizens.
We also mention the Musk Foundation, a foundation created in 2002 with his brother, kimbal. Its objectives include the promotion, development and dissemination of the use of renewable energy sources.
Musk is a major investor in 5 areas
1. Elon has a deep interest in the project. Deepmind Google, where new artificial intelligence mechanisms are investigated and developed. Musk divides himself between enthusiasm and concern for AI's potential, being one of the first investors, as in Project Vicarious.
2. More recently, in 2017, it has devoted part of its attention to Neuralink. Musk has said he would be CEO of the company that wants to connect humans to the Internet within the next few years, creating a worldwide neural network.
3 In 2004 it will have acquired control of 10% of the shares of Surrey Satellite Technology, a company that develops small-scale economic satellites. An area of self-interest that led him to become an investor.
4 In 2015 it became the main investor of NeuroVigil, young company that creates solutions for monitoring and monitoring of brain signals. Practical applications touch on health and space exploration.
5 Notably in 2010, Musk would become one of the first investors in the Stripe, an online payment giant that, among other solutions, created the structure of Apple Pay.
Elon Musk holds a position of honor in the selection panel of XPRIZE. Entity that awards awards and incentives to projects dedicated to areas such as energy efficiency, community independence, health, education and other points.
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