Musk's cars and rockets will be circling the Earth and the skies, even when we are gone.
Commonly tagged as our generation's Thomas Edison, investors love his vision and his companies. A workaholic who sold his first video game 'Blastar' at the age of 12, promised to send humans to Mars, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, Elon Musk is one man who has yet again shown the world that failures are the pillars of success.
A self-taught programmer, entrepreneur, investor, inventor, innovator, business magnate, Elon Musk is a South African who moved to Canada because he didn't want to join the South African army. A voracious reader, Elon has been known to cite passages of technical books while in discussions with his employees. Musk lives by the first principle of Physics in making business decisions and conclusions believes, "I think it's possible for ordinary people to be extraordinary."
Here are 23 interesting facts about the fascinating man who wants to colonise Mars as he believes that humans need to be an interplanetary species.
Best of luck, Musk!
A self-confessed workaholic, Musk works for 80-100 hours a week between all of his companies. He divides his time between SpaceX and Tesla, Monday and Tuesday at SpaceX, Wednesday and Thursday at Tesla and Friday equally between both. He works 18 hours a day without even taking a lunch break as he eats his lunch while answering his emails or taking meetings.
Elon Musk through Tesla Motors, of which he is a co-founder, CEO and Chairman, aims to bring fully-electric vehicles to the mass market and at SpaceX, Musk launches satellites and is working to send humans to other planets. He's also working on the fifth mode of transport.
Wet Nellie, a custom submarine in the shape of a Lotus car featured in the 1977 James Bond film, 'The Spy Who Loved Me'. Want to know where is it these days? Elon Musk bought the Wet Nellie in 2013 for almost a million dollars and what does he plan to do with it, use Tesla Motors technology to make the submarine car functional, innovative is Musk's middle name.
"It was amazing as a little kid in South Africa to watch James Bond in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' drive his Lotus Esprit off a pier, press a button and have it transform into a submarine underwater. I was disappointed to learn that it can't actually transform. What I'm going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real."
Tesla Motors designed 'Model S', an amazing car that is fast, sleek and SAFE. It is actually the safest car ever made. How can we be so sure about it, you ask? The 'Model S' was awarded a safety score of 5.4 out of 5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The man can act. Elon has appeared in quite a few television shows including 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'The Simpsons'. He has also produced several films including 'Thank You for Smoking' that he produced with Peter Thiel, his PayPal co-founder.
Frustrated with traffic on the highway? Musk too felt the same, and that's why conceptualised and patented a technology called Hyperloop, a pod-like vehicle that travels through a tube at a whopping speed of 1,200 km/h.
Elon has created an open-sourced platform to encourage other people to develop the idea of a fifth mode of transport.
Elon Musk is the real-life Iron Man. The director of 'Iron Man', Jon Favreau reportedly admitted that his version of Tony Stark is inspired by our man here. Some scenes of the second 'Iron Man' movie were filmed at SpaceX headquarters, and Musk even made a cameo in it.
Musk has been conferred with the highest honour in the air and space world. Astronaut Neil Armstrong and John Glenn are other famous people who have been the winner of the prestigious Gold Space Medal from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.
Elon Musk created his own school as he was not very happy with the school options for his children. He bought a mansion in Bel-Air and turned it into a school named Ad-Astra for his 5 children and 20 other pupil. The Latin meaning of Ad Astra is 'To the Stars'.
In order to meet the demand of the popular Tesla Motors, Musk is creating a 15 million square feet factory in the Nevada desert called the Gigafactory. Once it is complete, Gigafactory will be the single largest building in the world.
Taking risks in business is not a new thing, but it could have made Elon Musk a riches to rag story and that too more than once. A 1.8-billion-dollar contract from NASA in 2008 saved SpaceX just in the nick of time, days before it would have gone bankrupt.
Explosions have been a part of Elon Musk's growing up. As a kid, he was constantly experimenting, and there was a phase in his life where Musk was testing out explosive substances. He used to enjoy blowing up stuff, and he is surprised that he still has all his fingers.
The interesting man does interesting things; his personal life is not far behind from it. Musk has been married thrice, twice to the same woman. Elon Musk married actress Talulah Riley in 2010 and the two separated in 2012. Elon and Talulah became man and wife again in 2013 and yet again got divorced in 2016.
Musk has five sons with his first wife Justine Wilson, a Canadian fantasy author. They share the custody of their sons, twins Griffin and Xavier (born in 2004) and triplets Damian, Saxon and Kai (born in 2006). Xavier is apparently named after Professor Xavier of the 'X-Men'.
The couple also had a son born in 2002 who died of sudden infant death syndrome at 10 weeks of age. The boy Nevada was named after the location of Burning Man, the music and arts festival where he was conceived.
Elon Musk's net worth today according to Forbes is $16.8 billion but there was a time when he was living off loans. Due to an expensive divorce settlement with his first wife Justine Wilson and the Great Recession, Musk almost went broke. Despite him being low on cash, Musk put his last $35 million dollars into Tesla to maintain his stake and today Tesla Motors is valued at more than $33.4 billion.
When someone asked Musk what daily habit of his leaves the largest positive impact on his life, his answer was clean, showering.
The 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', Douglas Adam's book about aliens creating supersonic highways, destroying the Earth, building a supercomputer that knows life's mysteries was a "turning point" for Elon Musk.
In addition to several cups of coffees, Musk also used to drink 96 ounces of Diet Coke every day as it was his way of staying awake when he was building and launching his company working 100 hours a week. Musk realizes how unsafe it is and was at a point where Elon was feeling like he was losing his peripheral vision.
The innovative entrepreneur would throw house parties for which he charged $5, and it helped him pay his rent. While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, Musk and his roommate used to live in a 10-bedroom frat house where they used to throw parties. They would paint the walls bright and cover the windows with black trash bags. Musk was never big on drinking, so he used to stay sober to keep things under control. Even Musk's mother Maye worked the door for one of his parties.
Elon was violently bullied as a child. His classmates bullied him and beat him badly and at 41 had to undergo a surgery to fix a deviated septum. Even living with his father was a terrible experience for Elon. He called it a 'misery', and he decided never to let his children meet his father.
When Musk got his first computer, he decided to stay up for three nights and finished the whole BASIC programming language workbook that usually takes six months. In three days, he was a programmer by the 1984 standard, and it was his new skill that brought him his first success. He wrote and designed a video game called 'Blastar' and sold it for $500.
By now you might have realized that Musk has an unusually futuristic outlook and he doesn't mind sharing them openly. He has even made plans as far away as his death on Mars, but only after helping a million people move there, that too on his rockets at $500,000 per ticket.
Musk doesn't believe in looking back, and his failures have helped him become the man he is today. Musk had blown promises, missed deadlines, miscalculated costs, had to charge customers extra even when they had already paid, was almost broke, had suffered when his first child died at 10 months, divorced, remarried then divorced, twice again, his rockets blew up the first three times he launched them, one rocket even destroyed an expensive NASA payload, he had only enough money to launch 4 times and the fourth time it did.
He might be late on his promises, might come across as too pushy, might seem like wildly ambitious, one thing is for sure, Elon Musk might fail, but he moves on and never stops.