Five Things You Didn't Know About Elon Musk


Elon Musk is trying to change the world – besides pushing to bring some fully-electric vehicles to the mass market through his company Tesla Motors, the tech mogul is working towards the possibility of intergalactic travels. Right now, the SpaceX tycoon not only launches satellites, but also has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

You Could Probably Call Him ‘Tony Stark’

Did you watch those Iron Man movies and leave thinking Tony Stark seriously reminded you of someone in real life? Well, if you were thinking of Elon Musk, you hit the nail on the head. Director Jon Favreau was initially unsure about how he could bring the charismatic character of tech tycoon Tony Stark to life, until he agreed to a face-to-face chat with Musk, based on Robert Downey Jr.’s encouragement. “Downey was right,” he said in TIME. “Elon is a paragon of enthusiasm, good humor and curiosity – a Renaissance man in an era that needs them.”

He was bullied in school

He may be one of the most powerful men in the world now, but you could say that it wasn’t always the case. His younger brother Kimbal said that school life was pretty rough for Elon, where other kids frequently gave him a hard time. “He hated it so much," said Kimbal. Elon eventually sought comfort in computers and entrepreneurship – among his first successful ventures includes selling a video game he coded as a child for $500. Fast forward to the future, and the man boasts several successful startups in his track record, including PayPal, and an estimated fortune of over $13 billion.

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He Never Stopped Reading

Listen up, kids. Elon Musk didn’t spend his childhood moping around in front of the television. The billionaire tycoon instead spends 4-5 hours each day reading. His mother May Musk tells GQ how he poured through J.R.R. Tolkien epics and superhero comics with a voracious appetite as a child. Of course, the habit has not died – except that these days, instead of hard copies, Musk prefers to ‘devour books exclusively on his iPhone’.

He Earns A Dollar A Year

Sergey Brin, Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are some notable high-profile executives who get a one-dollar-salary. Since 2014, Musk only receives US$1 a year for his work at Telsa, and gets rest of his actual salary based on performance-based bonuses and in the form of stock.

James Bond's Sweet Submarine

Remember ‘Wet Nellie’ from the iconic 1977 James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me? Musk is the proud owner of the sweet submarine ride, which starred in the movie as Bond’s sleek, chameleonic automobile who could transform into a lethal submersible. Forking out close to US$1 million for the ride, Musk was disappointed to learn that it didn’t actually have a transforming ability, but he’s not going to leave it that way. “What I’m going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real,” he declared, in a statement.

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