Someway across your busy days, you probably at least heard about him, Elon Musk, aka The Man! Dubbed as a real-life Tony Stark, Musk is an Entrepreneur, and the brilliant mind behind Tesla, SpaceX, Hyperloop, SolarCity and others, but here, we compiled a list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about this man who’s changing our present and reshaping our future.
10 – Elon Musk coded his first game at the age of 12 and sold it for 500 dollars
Elon Musk started his successful entrepreneurial career very early in life, and started programming at a very early age, by the time he was 12, he had already coded his first game, Blastar for the Commodore VIC 20 Console, and sold it for 500 dollars. There’s still even a web version online that you can play. He dedicated around 5 hours a day to reading and since he was into science, the other kids and Musk didn’t get along, beware of the quiet ones!
9 – When He was at college, He fed himself for less than a dollar a day
Although Musk’s family had money, while he was at college he was very economical, so he fed himself for less than a dollar a day, he would eat foods like noodles, and add a bit of red pepper to give it flavor and keep himself from getting sick. In order to pay for college, He and his best friend, rented a 10-bedroom house and turn it into a night club, they throw massive parties at the weekends where up to 500 peoples would show up, with an entry value of 5 dollars per person. He would than constrain himself from drinking so He could control the party.
8 – Musk dropped out of his applied physics PhD after two day to pursue his visions
After he completed two degrees both in physics and economics, Musk enrolled in a PhD course at Stanford in 1995, aged 25, after two days, He was bored, so He dropped out and started a business named ZIP2 with his brother and with the support of his father who loan him 28000 dollars for the project, and founded a software company focused on city guides, way before google maps, when yellow pages were still a thing. Just a few years later he sold it for 22 million dollars.
7 – He bought a Mclaren F1 and didn’t insure it and then crashed
Back in 1999, when Musk was 29, he bought a Mclaren F1 for a million dollars, and although is probably quite difficult to get an insurance on such a car, He didn’t even bother doing it, and he crashed right after. He also bought the Lotus Espirit, from the 1977 film from James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me, He paid almost a million dollars for the car in an auction in 2013, and intends to convert it to a real submarine, so you see, his passion for cars come from way back.
6 – Robert Downey Jr. Modelled his Tony Stark character on Musk
The eccentric genius billionaire, Tony Stark, played by Downey Jr. in Iron Man, was inspired on the Elon Musk’s Person. Since Musk is almost like a real-life Tony Stark, He was the right role model. He even got a small part on Iron Man 2, probably a “thank you” for borrowing his personality for the character.
5 – Musk was a co-founder of Paypal and member of the Paypal Mafia
After his huge success with ZIP2, it was clear he wasn’t going to stop there, and it didn’t take long for him to pick his next target, the Banking Industry, so He started X.com, which would later become Paypal.com due to a fusion between the two companies. In 2000, Musk was taken away the CEO’s position due to leadership disagreements, when they sold paypal, his cut was 165 million dollars. But what was the Paypal Mafia? The paypal mafia were the previous owners of paypal, that all went on to create other companies of huge success, three of them, created YouTube, one created LinkedIn, others created other firms, and Musk created Tesla and SpaceX.
4 – Musk went all-in
In 2008, Elon Musk went all-in, meaning he put all his money, in his companies, he used the whole 180 million he got after the Paypal deal, and went into the Moksha Moment, the Monk Effect, that many other entrepreneurs went through too, like Walt Disney and Steve Jobs. He then put 100 million on SpaceX, 70 million on Tesla, and 10 million on SolarCity. He even had to borrow money to pay his rent.
3 – His basic salary at Tesla, is of only 1 dollar a year
Not many people know, but in order to stand where he is standing today, Musk had to make lots of sacrifices, he as a base salary at Tesla, of only a dollar a year. Originally, Musk wasn’t a founder at Tesla, he discovered the company, and bought himself in. After arguing with its CEO, he fired him, and nominated himself, we think he did quite a good job!
2 – The GigaFactory, the second largest building in the world
Musk is very serious about shifting the world from non-renewable fossil fuel energies to sustainable energies, he would be needing a massive amount of batteries, more than the rest of the world combined can produce, so he went on, and is building the GigaFactory, the second largest building in the world, in order to keep up with the demand. When completed and entirely functional, it will be able to create more batteries in 1 year, than the entire world ever created, if there were 99 more GigaFactorys, the entire world would be completely sustainable from an energy standpoint.
1 – Thanks to him, you can now go completely off-the-grid from an energy point of view
Just a few months ago, Musk presented a new type of solar panel, that look like traditional roof tiles, but have the capacity to capture sun light. When you add it to the Tesla PowerWall, an advanced battery that can power an entire house, and a Tesla car on your garage, and you get an off-the-grip start pack. The price of Tesla’s entry model, is less than a similar category petrol car, and the price of the magical rooftop that captures solar energy, will be cheaper than an ordinary rooftop. Oh yeah! And if you buy a Tesla car, you get free energy for life, from one of Tesla’s SuperChargers being built all over the world.
Extra Fact – He want to put the whole world online
Just a few days ago, Musk ask the government for permission to put 4425 satellites in Earth’s orbit, so He can provide free Internet access to everyone, bringing everyone together. With the money from this project, he could create the first city on Mars. Both Facebook and Google also had the same idea about the Internet, Facebook with solar-powered drones, and Google with helium-powered balloons, but of course, out of the three of them, Elon’s idea as the best shot to go through and get to his goal.