You all will attest to the fact that the name Elon Musk isn’t new when it comes to the World’s Tech and Engineering industry. He currently is the 2nd richest person in the world after being dethroned by Amazon frontliner Jeff berzos in a couple of hours.He is an entrepreneur, investor and engineer, and also considered one of the world’s most powerful people.
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We are here to share with you some 8 facts you didn’t know about him
1. Elon Reeve Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. His parents were Maye Musk, a model and dietitian, and Errol Musk, an electromechanical engineer.
2. Musk has two younger siblings, a brother named Kimbal and a sister named Tosca.
3. He has described his childhood, at home and in school, as “terrible” and “nonstop horrible.” He and his brother were occasionally lectured for hours by their father and he was regularly bullied at the all-boys high school he attended.
4. He taught himself to code and, at the age of 12, built a video game calledBlastar. He sold the source code for the game to the magazine PC and Office Technology, for about $500. The game is currently available to play online.
5. At 17 years old, he moved to Canada and lived with relatives. There, he worked odd jobs and attended Queen’s University. He later transferred to the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1997 with degrees in economics and physics.
6. In 1995, Musk and his brother started their first company, Zip2, which provided and licensed online city guide software to newspapers. Compaq Computer paid more than $300 million for the company in 1999. Elon received $22 million from the sale.
7. He had six children with his first wife, Justine Wilson. Their first child died at 10 weeks old of sudden infant death syndrome. Their children are all boys, two are twins and three are triplets.
8. Musk was reportedly an inspiration behind Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Tony Stark for the 2008 film “Iron Man.” He also had a cameo in the 2010 film “Iron Man 2.”