This real-life Iron Man and technology pioneer is settled to reinvent technology as we know it, one day at a time. He’s a hero to many despite all his critics – we root for him, of course – for his dedication to electric cars and the space race – against none but himself. He’s become an icon of modern culture, he’s even appeared in The Big Bang Theory! But there’s still so much that you don’t know about him:
Elon Musk was born in South Africa in 1971.
Drink of choice is whiskey.
He became famous for starting Tesla Motors and SpaceX but he first made his fortune as a co-founder of PayPal.
Musk provided a large amount of inspiration for the Hollywood character Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man). In fact, parts of Iron Man 2 were actually filmed inside and outside of SpaceX. Musk even has a cameo in the film!
Musk’s official annual salary for Tesla Motors is only $1.
He wants to put a roller coaster in the Tesla Factory.
At age 12, Musk taught himself computer programming and created a video game called Blastar, which he sold for $500.
He says: “I think its possible for ordinary people to be extraordinary”
Bribed the Russian police after being held at gun point for attempting to purchase three $7Million rockets.
He works 100 hours a week.
Elon has a strict “No-A**holes” hiring policy.
Elon nicknamed the automated robots at the Tesla manufacturing facility after X-men characters. These include Xavier, Iceman, Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Vulcan, and Havoc.
In 2013, Musk introduced his latest endeavor — the Hyperloop, a new form of transportation that could theoretically send people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour by way of pressurized tubes. Musk has said if no one else will build it, he will do it himself.
Once had a job where he shoveled dirt in a boiler room.
He likes french food and BBQ.