How far have you known the CEO of Tesla? Although his contributions have ranged across various sectors in the world, some facts about the billionaire didn’t simply come to the public forefront in the past. Moreover, as his 49th birthday is slowing making its steps later this month, here goes some amazing truths about Elon Musk:
- His net worth is approximated at $37.2 billion.
- At a time when he left South Africa for pursuing studies in the US, Musk spent $1 every day for his daily needs.
- Elon with his younger brother Kimbal and younger sister Tosca share the middle same name ‘Reeve’. However, a Change.org appeal was put forward in 2016 that asked Elon to change his middle name to “Gated”.
- Reports have stated that Musk was so quiet in his childhood that his parents shortly conceived the belief that their son might be deaf.
- Musk was the youngest student in his class of primary school and couldn’t escape the trap of dreadful bullying. In fact, once he had to be hospitalised after a gang of boys pushed him from the stairs who was “almost beaten to death” on another occasion. By the age of 15, the tech expert resorted to karate, judo and wrestling which put an end to his former experience.
- Elon learned to write computer code all by himself at the age of 12, who then created a video game called Blastar. Now, guess for how much did he sell the creation? Well, it earned him around $500 from PC and Office Technology magazine.
- Elon traded his first software company, Zip2 for more than $300 million long back in 1999 after which co-founded the online platform, bank X.com. Now, its name is PayPal.
Later on, he ventured in the fields of AI and neuroscience, launching companies and meanwhile channelled into a business called The Boring Company. It aimed to provide services for digging tubes in order to improve the movement of vehicles. He also explored a new high-speed public transport system called the Hyperloop.
- 7 years ago, Musk purchased “Wet Nellie”, the personalised Lotus Esprit from the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me(1976) which laid the base for Tesla cars.
- The Tesla Model S was rated a 5.4-out-of-5 by the National Highway Safety Administration, which happens to be the highest rating ever received by an automobile.
- Star Wars’Millennium Falcon highly inspired the name of Falcon rocket.
- Musk has been addressed as “thrillionaire,” which refers to an emerging class of high-tech entrepreneurs who plan to utilise their funds for fulfilling science-fiction dreams in reality.
- Elon Musk signed for the Giving Pledge with the oath to contribute a majority of his wealth for charity.
- Esquire magazine attributed Musk as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century.
- Federation Aronautique Internationale, the governing body responsible to maintain aerospace records across the globe awarded Musk with the FAI Gold Space Medal in 2010 for his design of the first privately developed rocket to reach orbit. However, that happens to be the organization’s highest award.