10 facts you may not know yet about Elon Musk

Elon Musk creates such a craze after flying his private jet, bringing his mini-submarine to Thailand.

The kid-size vehicle, he hopes, may be of any assistance to the Tham Luang Nang Non cave rescue teams in their daunting mission to extract and evacuate the stranded Wild Boars (Moo Pah Academy) footballers from the flooded cave complex.

Thanks to his attempt lending a hand, the business magnate who is the owner of world-class inventions has made his name widely known in this country. The tech billionaire has made many inventions that change the world – electric cars, aerospace crafts, clean energy, and many more. Musk was ranked 53th on the Forbes list of billionaires and his net worth stood at US $ 20.8 billion.

However, there are something intriguing we may not know about Elon Musk.

1. His Origin

Elon was born in 1971 in South Africa and lived there until the age of 17. Dodging the draft, he evaded his civic duty as a South African citizen and moved to Kingston, Canada. He then furthered his studies in the U.S. and received an economics degree and a degree in physics. In 2002, he got the U.S. citizenship.

2. He is a Stanford Ph.D. dropout.

Elon dropped out of the Stanford Ph.D. programs in Applied Physics and Material Science. He then wrote business plans to found a company called Zip2 with his brother, Kimbal.

3. He sold Zip2 to Compaq.

Elon and his brother used US $28,000 that he borrowed from his father to get the company off the ground. Zip2 can be comparable to an online Yellow Pages. Eventually, he sold Zip2 to Compaq for US $ 307 million.

4. He established PayPal.

With the money that he got from selling Zip2, Elon then started up an online financial services and payment company called “X.com”. The initial investment was US $ 10 million.  One year later, the company was merged with Confinity, the company that provided money-transfer service called PayPal. Afterward, X.com changed its name to PayPal. Three years later the company was acquired by eBay for US $ 1.5 billion.

5. He ruined his F1 without having the car insured.

When Elon was young, he bought a McKaren F1, the world’s fastest car, in 1999. He wrecked his uninsured super car. Without a car insurance, he ended up losing around US $ 1 million.

6. When he was young, he was pretty thrifty.

Elon once said in an interview that when he was a student, he spent less than a U.S. dollar on his daily meal. He also had the entrepreneurial spirit, renting a mansion from his friend to organize a party and making an income from entrance fee.

7. He has been married three times and had two wives.

The tech mogul has been married three times. He met his first wife, his college sweetheart when he was studying in Canada. They were married with six children, two of them are twins. However his first son passed away. After his divorce from his first wife, Elon married his second wife, and got divorced. He and his second wife remarried but their marriage ended in divorce again.

8. An avid reader and a whiz kid

He wrote a video game called ‘Blaster’ at age 12 and sold the code for Pc and Office Technology magazine for US $ 500.

9. An avid fan of The Spy Who Loved Me

Elon was a big fan of The Spy Who Loved Me, a 1977 movie in the Jame Bond series.  He bought the movie’s iconic submarine car at an auction for nearly US $ 1 million.  Elon certainly didn’t keep that car in his garage. Instead, he made car modifications in order to transform it, with the use of Tesla’s batteries, into an actual vehicle that can be viable on or under water.

10. He is the archetype of Iron Man’s Tony Stark.

Elon Musk is the archetype that Tony Stark, one of the Marvel Comics superheroes, was modelled after. Robert Downey Junior who played the role of Stark, a scientist who is also a wealthy and successful businessman, had visited SpaceX founded by Elon.  Elon himself played a cameo role in Iron Man 2.