Elon Musk has founded many multibillion-dollar firms during the last two decades, including PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX. His achievement as a serial entrepreneur, however, stems from a turbulent background in which a teenage Musk experimented with homemade launchers, wrote his computer games, and faced challenges both at work and at home.
Here are 10 facts about Elon Musk that you might not know
1. He went door-to-door peddling candy to the wealthy
Elon Musk along with his brother Kimbal, and their relatives used to sell handcrafted chocolate Easter eggs in the wealthier areas of Pretoria when they were kids. The daring gang went door-to-door, offering the sweets for 20 times their cost of production.
2. Bullied at Early Age
Musk has been frank about his rough background Musk was not only the tiniest child in his primary school class in Pretoria, South Africa, but he was also nerdier and more interested in reading than many of his classmates. Bullying persisted until he was 15 years old when he went through an adolescence stage and learned to fight himself through kickboxing, judo, and wrestling. By the age of 16, he claimed to be “doing it out as brutally as they’d give it to me.
3. His parents mistook him for the deaf
The Tesla boss was so self-conscious as a child that his family and physicians performed hearing tests to see if he was deaf. Maye Musk, his mother, finally discovered that this was his way of thinking about his innovations. Though this irritated his colleagues, who apparently could scream at him and do jumping jacks next to him and he wouldn’t hear, Musk’s pensive times helped him to visualize projects he’d like to work on.
4. Musk produced a video game when he was 12 years old and sold it for $500
At the age of 12, Musk designed a video game named ‘Blastar.’ He created the computer code for the arcade, which was a science fiction-themed game akin to Space Invaders. A South African business later commercialized the game after paying Musk $500 for the software.
5. Musk’s annual pay at Tesla is $1
Yes, Elon Musk only receives a $1 annual salary from Tesla, with the majority of his riches derived from his stock ownership. Elon used to struggle to make ends meet since he could only afford to buy hamburgers and oranges in quantity for $1.
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6. Musk desired to sell Tesla
Musk nearly offered Tesla for sale to Google for 11 billion dollars in 2013. Tesla was not the firm it is now at the time, and Elon was losing large sums of money. At the time, he approached Alphabet CEO Larry Page about a buyout. He had even approached Apple CEO Tim Cook about selling the company, but Tim declined to meet with Musk.
7. Musk is the genuine Tony Stark
While Stan Lee, the creator of the well-known Marvel superhero Iron Man, based the hero on American entrepreneur Howard Huges, Robert Downey Jr., who portrayed Tony Stark in Iron Man, drew his characterization on Musk.
8. Musk is an ardent X-Men fan
The Tesla CEO is a massive fan of the X-Men, and he once named some of his Tesla agency’s robots after paranormal superheroes like Xavier, Storm, Wolverine, Colossus, and Iceman. “To us, these machines are like champion/superheroes, therefore we decided they needed superhero nicknames/names,” Tesla wrote.
9. Musk has worked in several Hollywood films and shows.
Musk has appeared in American comedies such as The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons, and South Park. Furthermore, he also appeared/in front of opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Marvel’s Iron Man 2 program.
10. Musk left/quit Stanford University after only two days.
Elon Musk received two bachelor’s degrees from the College of Pennsylvania before relocating to California to study science at Stanford. Unexpectedly, he left out after only two days to start his own company, Zip2 Company.