Common men dream big things, innovative men create big things and ambitious men earn big money. But what do you call a person who does all that at a global level; but always remains unsatisfied? Elon Musk might not look like it, but he is probably the most unsatisfied mind on earth. He is the clearest example of a person who does not know his limits, which is a good thing because it has helped him become the Rockstar of the tech world.
This guy transforms far-fetched thoughts into actual real-life actions, over and over again. As mortals, we only talk about space, Elon Musk runs SpaceX. We think about improving our brain and memory, Elon Musk starts Neuralink. We talk amongst friends about the hazards of pollution, Elon Musk builds Tesla.
Elon Musk resume is filled with so many achievements that it would be hard for anyone to match it in the future. Just like Einstein was to Science, Elon Musk is to Technology. And the crazy thing about Elon Musk is that we are probably not seeing the full impact of his efforts. We would possibly see the complete effect of his pioneering initiatives in the next 50 years.
Elon Musk’s Personal Details
|Elon Reeve Musk
|Date of Birth
|June 28, 1971
|Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
|in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in feet inches- 5’ 11”
|Light Ash Blonde
|Reading, Playing Video Games, Travelling
Elon Musk’s Family Details
|Father- Errol Musk (Electromechanical Engineer, Pilot, Sailor)
Mother- Maye Musk (Model, Dietitian)
|Brother- Kimbal Musk (Entrepreneur, Philanthrophist)
Sister- Tosca Musk (Filmmaker)
|• Justine Musk (2000-2008), Writer
• Talulah Riley (2010-2012 & 2013-2016), Actress
|Son(s)- Griffin, Xavier, Damian, Saxon, Kai
X Æ A-12 Musk (with his girlfriend Grimes)
|Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
|• South African (from his father’s side)
• Canadian (from his mother’s side)
• British (from his grandmother’s side)
• He also has Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry Wikipedia
Elon Musk Relationships
For a man who has stayed dedicated to science and technology, Elon Musk is quite a Rockstar when it comes to romance. He has had many rumored and confirmed relationships with who’s who of showbiz industry including Amber Heard and Cameron Diaz.
His first serious relationship was with Justine Wilson who he married in 2000. Their marriage lasted for 8 years, but the death of their first-born son left an indelible mark on their relationship. Although the couple later had 5 babies via IVF – twins Griffin and Xavier in 2004 and triplet Kai, Saxon and Damian in 2006 – the death of their first child had a lingering impact, which combined with other differences caused their divorce.
Next, he married Talulah Riley, an American actress. The couple married, divorced, remarried and then divorced again. Their first marriage lasted for two years between 2010 and 2012. After their first divorce, they got back together again in 2013. But their second marriage also could not withstand the test of time and the couple divorced again in 2016.
The most notable affair of Elon Musk was with an American actress and model Amber Heard. Their fling did not last long, but they parted on good terms and still remain friends.
In 2018, Elon met a musician named Claire Elise Boucher a.k.a Grimes. Their relationship was under wraps for quite a while, but the couple has recently welcomed a baby boy (in 2020) who they named X Æ A-Xii.
Elon Musk Affairs
|• Justine Musk
• Cameron Diaz (2013)
• Talulah Riley
• Amber Heard (2016-2017)
• Grimes (2018-present)
Elon Musk’s Beliefs and Interests
As far as religious beliefs go, Elon Musk is quite simply an agnostic. He is neither religious nor spiritual, and only believes in science.
Elon Musk is an influential American, but when it comes to choosing between Democrats and Republicans, he does not take sides. Initially, he was not happy with Donald Trump’s selection as the president of the US, but of late he has praised Trump for some of his choices.
But Elon is a proponent of climate protection, and Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Agreement (an agreement for preventing climate change) has not gone down well with him.
Elon Musk likes to play video games and reading books in his free time. In an interview, he has said that Fallout 3 and Fallout 4 are his favorite games.
Elon Musk Early Life
Born to Errol Musk and Maye Musk, Elon Musk is an American of South African descent. His mother was a model and father an engineer. He has two siblings – a brother named Kimbal and sister Tosca. Elon’s parents divorced in 1980 and he started living with his father in Pretoria, South Africa.
From the very beginning of his life, Elon was passionate about knowledge. He taught himself coding by just reading manuals. The legend has it that he built a BASIC-language game and sold its code to a magazine for 500 dollars at the tender age of 12.
In his younger years, he was inspired by Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. While reading it, he was imbibed with the zeal and motivation to think for the civilization as a whole. The impact of his learnings can be clearly seen in his present-day actions, which are aimed at saving environment and finding life on planets far away.
Elon Musk Education
|• Waterkloof House Preparatory School
• Bryanston High School
• Pretoria Boys High School
|• Queen’s University
• University of Pennsylvania
• Stanford University, California
|• Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Pennsylvania
• Bachelor of Science in Physics from University of Pennsylvania
• PhD in Energy Physics from Stanford University, California (Dropped Out)
While in South Africa, Elon Musk education was done at different institutes including Bryanston High School, Waterkloof House Preparatory School and Pretoria Boys High School.
Although his father wanted him to go to college in South Africa, Musk had American dreams, which made him leave his native country. He chose to go to Canada first and enrolled in Queen’s University, in order to avoid military service that was deemed compulsory in South Africa.
His move to Canada made his journey to the US that much easier. After moving to the US, he settled in Philadelphia and studied physics and economics at University of Pennsylvania.
While he was studying, he also did internship at startup companies such as Pinnacle Research Institute and Rocket Science Games. After getting his physics, economics and arts degrees from the university, Elon Musk was ready to take on the world.
Elon Musk Career
No one can dream about a career that Elon Musk has; even the man himself might not have envisioned what he would go on to achieve. Elon Musk companies list is as long as they come. His first startup was a company that was built from the money invested by angel investors.
Along with his brother, he started Zip2 and headed the board. The company was created on shoestring budget. They only had one computer for work, which was used by Musk for coding the website. The company was a hit. Eventually, Compaq bought it for 307 million dollars and Musk got himself a cool 22 million dollars.
From the money acquired through the deal, Musk founded X.com. In 2001, the company was merged with another company called Confinity and came to be known as PayPal. It became the top money transfer company in the world, and was later acquired by eBay for a whopping 1.5 billion dollars. Elon Musk received 165 million dollars from the sale.
Giant Steps to Mars with SpaceX
Software companies were only the start of something huge in Elon’s life. In the present times, Elon Musk Spacex initiative is what defines the man. After its establishment in 2002, it has become the biggest satellite constellation operator in the whole world.
With SpaceX, Musk’s objective has been to lower space exploration cost; so that humans can frequently visit the planet Mars, learn more about it and make it habitable for human life.
In 2016, Elon Musk has revealed his plans to send cargo ships to Mars in 2022 with the intention of finding water. In the next phase, four more spaceships are planned to be launched in 2024, which will carry humans for the very first time.
Conserving Earth for Future Generations with Tesla
Not only Elon Musk wants to conquer Mars, he also wants to save Earth from excessive human exploitation. Elon Musk Tesla initiative is a testament to his thoughtful nature and love for human life.
Tesla was incorporated by Marc Tarpenning and Martin Eberhard in 2003 but it was later joined by Musk who became the chairman of the organization in 2004. Tesla motors builds electric cars that help stop pollution with their zero-emission performance.
Other Elon Musk Initiatives
Elon Musk inventions are legendary and unmatched. Although he is the third richest man in the world in 2020 (behind Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates), he is on the path to be the richest when he retires.
Elon Musk has also played crucial roles in companies such as SolarCity, Hyperloop, OpenAI, Neuralink and The Boring Company. Out of these ventures, Elon Musk Neuralink initiative is probably the most ambitious. He wants to put Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the human brain by implanting a chip inside the skull. It would be like an augmentation that will increase the capacity of human mind by boosting memory and allowing humans to use the integrated computing device for performing complex calculations.
Elon Musk’s Earnings
Elon Musk story is far away from being complete by any stretch of imagination. His hunger and ambition would eventually lead to newer inventions, which will only benefit the human race. While doing all this, he has become the third richest man in the world with a total net worth of 115 billion dollars.
|115 billion dollars. (as in November 2020)
Elon Musk’s Assets
|• 1978 BMW 320i
• Ford Model T
• McLaren F1
• Jaguar Series 1 1967 E-type
• Audi Q7
• Hamann BMW M5
Elon Musk’s Favourite Things
|Robert Downey Jr.
|Star Wars, The Martian, Thank you for smoking
|The Big Bang Theory
|The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Foundation series