Elon Musk

Outspoken entrepreneur, inventor and basically, cultural icon Elon Musk, more than deserves a place on our list.  From amazing electric vehicles with crazy tech to space exploration to satellite cell transmission to cranial implants, this guy is involved in everything.  A tweet from him has the power to dramatically increase OR decrease stock/commodity prices as does a video of him possibly taking a small hit of cannabis.  Let’s look at some facts about Elon.

  • Musk has six kids, all boys.  He also tragically lost a son to SIDS in 2002.
  • At age 12, he created a video game and sold it for $500.
  •  Musk is the motivation for Robert Downey’s portrayal of Tony Stark character in The Avengers.
  • He dropped out of Stanford after only 2 days (he has other degrees).
  • In 2013, Musk almost sold Tesla to Google.
  • While at the University of Pennsylvania, Musk and his roommate opened a nightclub.
  •  Musk founded Ad Astra, a school for SpaceX employees.  His children also attend.
  • Musk’s earliest successful venture was Zip2 which he later sold for $307M.
  • Musk became famous (and extraordinarily wealthy) after selling Paypal.
  •  He was often bullied while growing up in South Africa and recalls almost being beaten to near death.
  • He took up judo, wrestling and karate by age 16.
  • As a child, he would read sometimes 10 hours per day.  He says he read the entire encyclopedia by age 9.
  • He has Canadian, American and South African citizenship.
  • He is estranged from his father and has referred to him as “evil.”
  • He was so quiet as a child and would dive deep into his own world that his mother thought he may be deaf.
  • Musk takes a salary of only $1 from Tesla.
  • Musk once took a hit of cannabis on the Joe Rogan podcast.  Tesla’s stock fell 9% directly related to the event.
  • At time of publishing, Musk is worth ~$183B making him the richest man alive.

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