Elon Musk is a billionaire and he is considered one of the craziest tech whiz and genius on earth because all his ideas are about making the impossible, possible! 😮 He owns Tesla and Space X. Tesla is the future of cars while Space X plans to make travel to space seamless. He recently launched his new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mammoth vehicle – the most powerful since the shuttle system – lifted clear of its pad without incident to soar high over the Atlantic Ocean. Here are some of the surprising things you probably do not know about Musk.
He sold his first video which he built at age 12
Before he was a teenager, Musk sold a game he made called Blastar in 1984 to a computer magazine for $500. He later said that it was a trivial game but better than Flappy Bird.
He wants to put computer chips in people’s brains
Musk has launched yet another venture called Neuralink, with the hopes of implanting computers in human brains, in order for humans to fend off the threat of artificial intelligence. Musk takes that threat seriously: In 2015, he cofounded OpenAI, a nonprofit tasked with doing research to ensure that AI doesn’t destroy human life.
He started a company based on an apparent Twitter joke
Musk tweeted in 2016 about starting a venture called The Boring Company that would dig tunnels underneath car traffic. It seemed to be a joke, but The Boring Company is real and has finished digging through its first tunnel in Los Angeles.
SpaceX started with a plan to send rodents to Mars
Musk, a devoted sci-fi fan, thought of sending mice or plants to Mars, and he even tried to buy decommissioned Soviet missiles for the project. That failed when Russian sellers wanted $8 million or more for each missile, and Musk thought he could build his own cheaper, leading to his startup.
He was an inspiration for Iron Man
Though the 2008 movie was based on the Marvel comic books, director Jon Favreau told Recode that star Robert Downey Jr. proposed meeting with Musk to see “what it’d really be like to be Tony Stark.” Musk even made a cameo in Iron Man 2, in which he and Downey Jr.’s Stark discuss working together on an electric jet.
He went broke while building his empire
Though Tesla is a jewel of the tech world now, that wasn’t always the case. In 2008, the company was losing money and SpaceX was having trouble launching a rocket. Musk said that it was the worst year of my life. By the following year, the CEO was living off personal loans just to get survive.
Bonus: He is an African from South Africa. 😎 👌