- Elon Musk was abused when he was a child.
Elon Musk was bullied by his classmates as a child. This was when he lived in South Africa, before moving to America. The situation was bad enough that in one situation the thugs pushed him down the stairs, and he lost consciousness after falling.
The beating even left him with such severe damage that he had a deviated septum. Musk eventually had surgery to repair his septum because breathing became more difficult as he aged.
- His mother was a super model.
Maye Musk is the mother of Elon Musk, Kimbal Musk and Tosca Musk. She is the new face of beauty brand CoverGirl, despite being 74 years old. However, this is not something new for this model.
Maye has been a model since she was 17 and has even appeared on Special K cereal boxes, Revlon commercials and a Beyonce video. She was also recently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit with four other cover models, including Kim Kardashian.
- Elon Musk has Asperger syndrome.
Another intriguing fact about Musk is that he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. He revealed his diagnosis during his SNL monologue, which sparked debate on social media.
Asperger’s syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder. People with this condition have problems with socialization. Their behavior and thought patterns can be rigid and repetitive, due to their all-consuming interest in certain topics.
- Elon Musk was once a gamer.
One of the most exciting facts about Elon Musk’s early life was that he created a space game called Blastar when he was only 12 years old. He sold the video game to PC and Office Technology magazine for $500. Musk also worked for a gaming or gaming start-up called ‘Rocket Science Games’ in the 1990s. He helped them develop at least three games.
According to him, the games helped him develop an interest in computer programming. He still enjoys playing gamers, despite his busy schedule. During the interview, it was revealed that Musk likes the older Deus Ex games. He also mentioned playing Hearthstone, the game his kids play the most. When asked about his favorite game, he said: “It’s hard for me to pick a favorite. I like first-person shooters with a story, like Bioshock, Fallout or Mass Effect.” He further added that he is also a big fan of Civilization and Warcraft.
- Elon Musk also had a night club.
Musk also owned a nightclub during his student days. He and his roommate Andeo Ressi rented a 10-bedroom house and turned it into a nightclub. The house was large and could accommodate up to 1,000 people from the University of Pennsylvania.
However, Musk spent most of his time playing video games or studying in his room rather than partying. He did this to pay the rent and earn some money to pay his school fees. This fact becomes more important if you know that Elon Musk’s family was not so financially well off.
- Elon Musk runs a school for his own children.
Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, wants to give his children the best of the best, and this also applies to education, which is not surprising at all. The billionaire opened a school at the SpaceX headquarters called Ad Astra (Latin for “to the stars”). The non-profit school is attended by Musk’s children, as well as the children of some SpaceX employees. He started the school to provide his children with an education that is traditionally at par with conventional schools, in all relevant subjects. Children work in groups at school on unique project-based learning experiences. There is a strong emphasis on mathematics, science, engineering and ethics, despite the school not having a grading system.
- Elon Musk is the father of seven children.
The fact that Elon Musk is the father of seven children is not so surprising considering his love life. Musk has five sons with his ex-wife Justine Wilson. Musk also dated the Canadian singer Grimes, when they had two additional children.
They had a son in 2020 and named him X AE A-XII. They also welcomed a daughter via surrogacy in December 2021, named Exa Dark Sideræl Musk. However, according to Grimes, the couple is no longer together.
- Musk almost sold Tesla to Google.
Elon Musk almost sold Tesla to Google for 11 billion dollars in 2013. According to Ashlee Vance, author of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, Musk approached Larry Page, Google’s co-founder and CEO, about the sale.
At the time, the company wasn’t doing so well, so Elon proposed that Google buy Tesla for $6 billion. Musk also pledged to invest $5 billion in expanding the facility. The condition was that Musk would have control over Tesla for the next eight years. Fortunately, the sale did not happen, as sales of the Model S began to increase. According to Fortune magazine, Tesla’s current market capitalization is around $735 billion. Elon Musk alone has a net worth of more than $220 billion.
- Earlier business ventures of Elon Musk.
Before SpaceX and Tesla, Musk also founded two other notable companies. The first was Zip2, a company that sold maps and business directories to newspapers. Musk later sold the company to Compaq for $307 million.
Musk co-founded X.com, an online financial services and email payment company. The company was later merged with PayPal. Finally, eBay then bought Paypal for $1.5 billion in 2002. Musk also received $175.8 million as the largest shareholder with an 11.72% stake.
- Space X had a rough start.
The fact that Elon Musk has had an interest in space since the beginning is very well known. He founded Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) in 2002. At that time, rocket launch technologies were too expensive, and due to a lack of funds, Musk had to invest his own money. Unfortunately, the first three SpaceX rockets failed to launch. Fortunately, a fourth rocket reached orbit in 2008 (the first private liquid-fueled rocket to do so). After so many years, SpaceX has managed to reduce the cost of traveling to the ISS by 90 percent. Currently, the company has many significant projects such as the Starlink satellite internet, Starship and the Moon orbiting mission.
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