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Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. He is a South African-American entrepreneur and serves as the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, CEO of Neuralink, and chairman of SolarCity. Musk is the founder of SpaceX, Neuralink, and The Boring Company, and one of the co-founders of OpenAI, Zip2, and PayPal. And you probably already knew that he has a mattress full of money, as he is one of the world’s richest individuals. But let’s skip that and instead delve into ten more amusing facts about Elon Reeve Musk!

Elon Musk was just hours away from bankruptcy with his companies…

On Christmas Eve in 2008, SpaceX and Tesla were literally hours away from bankruptcy until Elon Musk was able to secure $20 million from investors at the last minute. Two days later, SpaceX won a contract with NASA worth $1.6 billion, marking the beginning of a secure future. [source]

Musk sees AI weapons systems as a major threat…

More than 1,000 entrepreneurs and experts – including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Steve Wozniak – have signed an open letter calling for a global ban on AI weapons systems. [source]

The boyish and childish humor still exists…

Elon Musk wanted Tesla’s lineup of models to spell “S-E-X-Y”: Model S, Model E, ModelX and Model Y. However, Ford owns the rights to the term Model E, so Tesla opted for Model 3 instead, making the spelling somewhat similar (S-3-X-Y). [source]

And he has a lot to say about spacesuits…

Mr. Musk explicitly wrote into SpaceX’s contract with Orbital Outfitters that the company’s new spacesuits must look “badass.” [source]

Was bullied and severely beaten in school…

Elon Musk experienced a lot of bullying during his school years. He was once sent to the hospital after bullies threw him down a flight of stairs and then kicked him until he lost consciousness. [source]

Hosted parties to fund his housing during college…

Elon Musk paid for his housing during college by hosting over a thousand nightclub parties and charging everyone an entry fee. His roommate, entrepreneur and investor Adeo Ressi, helped coordinate the household’s nightclubs during Musk’s time at Penn. However, in an interview with Vogue, Ressi revealed that Musk was completely uninterested in the parties and saw them strictly as business. [source]

Cleaned boilers in Canada before heading to the USA…

Elon Musk originally came to the USA by showing up unannounced at a relative’s house in Canada. He had to take a variety of odd and demanding jobs until he could afford to attend college, including cleaning boilers so dirty that a special suit was required. The reason he chose to move to Canada first was that it would be easier to move on to the USA politically. [source]

That’s why he was fired as CEO of PayPal…

Musk was fired as CEO of PayPal because he insisted on switching from a Unix-based infrastructure to Windows instead. This was not popular among the other board members. [source]

Unknowingly bought a car for $100 – sold it to Musk for $825,000…

An owner of a tool store paid $100 for a locked and abandoned storage unit. To his delight, he found the Lotus Esprit car used in the movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) inside. He sold it to Elon Musk for $825,000. Talk about a well-invested $100! You can see a picture of the car below. [source]

Dropped out of Stanford after 2 days to start Zip2…

Elon attended Stanford University for only two days before dropping out and starting Zip2, a company he sold four years later for $307 million. [source]


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