Four Interesting Facts About Elon Musk

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Elon Musk has built a reputation as a visionary entrepreneur and engineer. Born and raised in South Africa, Musk was recently named the richest person on earth. He is also set to become the world’s first trillionaire. He owns companies that are building disruptive technologies in their respective sectors.

However, besides his explosive tweets and leading the race to electrify transportation to save the earth from carbon emissions, little is known about Musk.

Labour.Watch compiles four interesting facts about Elon Musk that will blow your mind:

He developed and sold a video game at the age of 12.

His first interaction with a computer at 10 ignited his desire for computers and technology. Musk learnt how to program and developed a code for the shooting-spaceship game, Blastar at just 12 years of age. He later sold the basic code to a magazine called PC and Office Technology at $500.

Musk, together with his younger brother, Kimbal used the money to start a gaming arcade business. But they had to close shop when their parents refused to give their legal consent for licensing.

He dropped out of university after just two days

Elon Musk enrolled at Stanford University to pursue a PhD in energy physics. However, he only lasted two days at the university. He deferred studies for six months but never went back only accommodated him for two days. Months later, he founded his first company- Zip2.

This is not to mean that Musk is uneducated. He has two degrees, a BSc in physics and the other one a BA in economics.

He owns a James bond car

The stunt car was sold to Musk through an auction in London, 2013. He however felt betrayed when the submarine car did not turn out to be real but then promised to “upgrade with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real”.

He has established eight companies

Entrepreneurs are always known to have an eye for opportunities. But did you know that Elon Musk has founded eight companies, and they have all been disruptive in their respective niches?

Up to date, the billionaire has founded eight disruptive companies including Neuralink, Zip2, OpenAI, PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company and the Hyperloop. We’ll have to wait to see how many more he has up his sleeve.

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