Happy Birthday, Elon!
'The world's most remarkable living entrepreneur', as called by the Ted Talks owner Chris Anderson, Elon Musk is truly an inspiration for the world. He's a man who was never afraid to take risks and now at the age of 45, is planning another unthinkable project of super fast capsule trains. The man behind PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, Musk is the epitome of smartness and self-confidence. He works for more than 100 hours a week and remains impatient about his work.
This is what his colleagues say about him, "Elon always wants to know, 'Why are we not going faster? He always wants bigger, better, faster." Now, you can know why he's the ruler of the world of entrepreneurship. No doubt he is the Iron Man of the real world!
If you want to know more about the man who is the ideal of many, you are at the right place. Scroll down to know more about his life.
As told by Elon's brother Kimbal, Elon would read science and fiction books for 10 hours in a day. And by fourth grade, he would spend all day buried in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
At the age of nine, he got his first computer 'Commodore VIC-20' and finished its user's manual in three days, which was designed to take six months to finish.
At the age of 12, he created a video game called 'Blastar' and sold it to a computer magazine for $500 in 1983.
Source- Business Insider
His answer was these five things- 'The internet; Sustainable Energy; Space exploration, in particular, the permanent extension of life beyond the Earth; Artificial intelligence; and Reprogramming the human genetic code.'
After college, he enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Stanford to study high energy density capacitors, under sustainable energy but left the subject within two days as he wanted to give more time to the internet.
Elon with his brother Kimbal, came up with their start-up company 'Zip2' which was later bought by Compaq for $307 million in 1999.
Confinity, an internet finance company which had its office in the same building of X.com, and was founded by Peter Thiel and Max Levchin merged with X.com and came to be known as PayPal. He later sold PayPal to eBay in 2002, for $1.5 billion. He was the company's largest shareholder and got a share of $180 million (after taxes).
After three failed trials of the rocket launch, Musk was left with personal funds for only one more try. But the fourth try was successful, and since then NASA, the client of SpaceX has made 20 trials, all being positive.
This step was a huge gamble as the last time a US car startup succeeded was Chrysler in 1925, and none of the electric car startups were ever successful.
He was the inspiration for the character of Tony Stark in Iron Man movie series.
The 350-mile (560 km) route would be covered at an average speed of around 600 mph (970 km/h), with the top speed being 760 mph (1,200 km/h).