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The incredible story of Elon Musk, who was roughed up in school before he became one of tech's most interesting people
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Is there something Elon Musk can't do?

As CEOs of SpaceX and Tesla, founder of The Boring Company and co-founder of OpenAI, Musk seems to be everywhere at once, developing all kinds of amazing new technology. He says he won't be satisfied until we flee Earth and colonize Mars .

Between space rockets, electric cars, solar batteries, great robot research, and billions made, Musk is basically the real Tony Stark - which is why he served as the inspiration for "Iron Man." "

But it hasn't all been easy for Musk.

Here's how Elon musk went from being a persecuted student in school to a small entrepreneur to becoming CEO of two major companies that seem straight out of science fiction - and how he nearly went bankrupt along the way.

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa.

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His father says he has "always been an introverted thinker".

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“While a lot of people went to great parties and had a good time drinking and talking about all kinds of stuff like rugby or sports, Elon musk had found him the person's library and was flipping through his books,” said Musk's father, electronics engineer Errol Musk.

Source: Fortune

Musk's mother is a model and professional dietitian.

Maye Musk. Maye musk

Canadian-born Maye Musk ,Elon musk's mom has appeared on Special K cereal boxes and the cover of Time Magazine.

After his parents divorced in 1979, nine-year-old Musk and his younger brother Kimbal decided to live with their father.

Elon and his brother, Kimbal. YouTube, Bloomberg News

In 1983, at the age of 12, Musk sold a game called "Blastar" to a computer magazine for $ 500.

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Musk describes it as "a boring game… but better than Flappy Bird."

Source: Business Insider

Still, Musk's school life was not easy - he was once hospitalized after being beaten by petty bullies.


The little bullies threw Elon musk off the top of the stairs and punched him until he lost consciousness, according to Ashlee Vance in her book "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future".

After high school, Musk moved to Canada and spent two years studying at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

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Elon musk went to Canada with his mother, Maye, his sister Tosca and his brother Kimbal.

But he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with degrees in physics and economics.

Musk at Caltech in 2012, where he gave a graduation speech. AP Photo / Damian Dovarganes

While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, Elon musk and a classmate rented a 10-bedroom student fraternity-type house and turned it into a nightclub.


This is one of the first entrepreneurial experiences Musk has had with Adeo Ressi.

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After graduation, Musk went to Stanford University for his doctorate - but left the program soon after starting it.

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He postponed his admission after only two days in California, deciding to try his luck in the middle of the internet bubble that had just started. He never returned to finish his studies at Stanford.

Together with his brother Kimbal, Musk started Zip2.

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The father of the two brothers gave them $ 28,000 to start their website, which provided guide software and a directory for newspapers like the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

As Zip2 takes off, Musk was literally living in the office and showering at the local YMCA.

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The hard work paid off when Compaq bought Zip2 for $ 341 million in cash and stock, earning Musk $ 22 million.

Source: Stanford

Elon musk then launched X.com, an online banking service.

Peter Thiel (left) and Musk. PAUL SAKUMA / AP

Elon musk started the business in 1999 using $ 10 million of the money he received from the sale of Zip2. About a year later, X.com merged with Confinity, a financial startup co-founded by Peter Thiel, to form PayPal.

Elon musk has been named CEO of the newly profitable PayPal. But it won't last long.

Max Levchin (left), former PayPal CTO. Getty / Drew Angerer

In October 2000, Elon musk sparked a huge battle among PayPal's co-founders by pushing them to move their servers from Microsoft's free Unix operating system to Windows. Then PayPal and CTO co-founder Max Levchin resisted.

While Elon musk was on his way to Australia for a well-deserved vacation, PayPal's board fired him and made Thiel their new CEO.


"That's the problem with taking a vacation," Musk told Fortune years later of that unfortunate trip in the late 2000s.

But things worked out for Musk - he took advantage of another windfall when eBay bought PayPal in late 2002.


As the largest shareholder of PayPal, he raised $ 165 million of the $ 1.5 billion eBay paid.

Even before the PayPal sale, Musk was already dreaming of his next project, including the crazy plan to send mice or plants to Mars.

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A longtime science fiction fan, Musk even tried to buy out-of-service Soviet missiles. But the Russian vendors wanted $ 8 million for each of the missiles, and Musk believed they could build his for less.

Source: Bloomberg

In early 2002, Elon musk founded his company now known as Space Exploration Technologies or SpaceX.

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Musk's goal was to make spacecraft cheaper by dividing the cost by 10.

SpaceX's first vehicles were named after Star Wars' spacecraft, the Millennium Falcon.

Space X's Falcon 9 rocket. Flickr / spacexphotos

The rockets are named Falcon 1 and 9.

One of the first contraptions was named after the song "Puff the Magic Dragon."

Space X's Dragon spacecraft. Flickr / SpaceX

The name of the spacecraft, the Dragon, was a nod from Musk to skeptics who had told him SpaceX would never be able to send vehicles into space.

SpaceX's long-term goal is to make colonization on Mars affordable.

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SpaceX won't go public until what Elon musk calls the “Mars Colonial Transporter” flies regularly, he said .

Musk has also been very busy on Earth, especially with Tesla Motors.

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In 2004, Musk made the first of his $ 70 million investment in Tesla, an electric car company co-founded by veteran startup creation Martin Eberhard.

Musk took an active role within Tesla, helping to develop his first car, the Roadster.

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The all-electric Roadster was launched in 2006, when Musk was the chairman of Tesla. He is now its CEO.

As if that wasn't enough, Musk came up with the idea for SolarCity, a solar energy company.

SolarCity co-founder Lyndon Rive (left) and Musk. Mark Von Holden / AP

Musk offered his cousins ​​Peter and Lyndon Rive the working capital needed to launch SolarCity in 2006.

But in Tesla, all was not well.


With Eberhard as CEO, Tesla was spending a lot more than he was earning. In 2007, Musk engineered a stunt on the board, first firing Eberhard from his CEO role and then from the board.

In 2008, with the financial crisis severely limiting his options, Musk personally saved Tesla from bankruptcy.


Musk invested $ 40 million in Tesla and loaned the company an additional $ 40 million. Unsurprisingly, he was named CEO the same year.

But between SpaceX, Tesla and SolarCity, Musk was almost broke.

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He described 2008 as "the worst year of my life." Tesla continued to lose money, and SpaceX was having difficulty launching its Falcon 1 rocket.

In 2009, Musk lived on personal loans to survive.

Source: VentureBeat

Around the same time, Musk was going through a divorce.

Musk with his ex-wife Justine Musk. AP

Musk had six sons with Justine Musk, a Canadian author.

But around Christmas 2008, things started to improve.


Musk received two good news: SpaceX got a $ 1.5 billion contract with NASA to deliver supplies to space, and Tesla finally found more investors.

In 2010, things got seriously better, with Tesla going public successfully.

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Tesla raised $ 226 million when it went public, becoming the first auto company to go public since Ford in 1956.

To recover his funds, Musk sold shares worth around $ 15 million during the public offering.

Musk's extraordinary career began to be noticed in other circles, particularly in Hollywood.

Musk (right) with Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man 2." Kim Stockton / YouTube

Robert Downey Jr.'s interpretation of Tony Stark's character in the "Iron Man" movies is at least in part based on Musk. Musk even made a cameo appearance in "Iron Man 2."

Meanwhile, Musk's personal life was in constant flux.

Talulah Riley (right) with Musk. Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

In 2008, Musk started dating actress Talulah Riley. They married in 2010 and divorced in 2012. In July 2013, they remarried. In December 2014, Musk began divorce proceedings but withdrew them. In March 2016, Riley filed for divorce, which was finalized in October.

At work, everything is fine though, especially at SpaceX.

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At the end of 2015, SpaceX carried out 24 launch missions in response to requests such as to resupply the International Space Station, setting many records in the process. In 2016, SpaceX's Falcon 9 made its first landing of a reusable orbital rocket.

Musk can't stop having new ideas. One of the last is Hyperloop.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

A very high-speed train that travels in a pressure tube, the Hyperloop could in theory transport passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. Musk lets other companies build their own versions.

Musk also recently started another business - The Boring Company, which is more interesting than the name suggests.

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Launched last year, the mission of the Boring Company is to dig a network of tunnels under and around cities for fast and traffic-free driving. Musk said he spoke with the White House about the idea of ​​building a tunnel between New York and Washington DC that could be used for a hyperloop.

And in late 2015, Musk co-founded OpenAI, a nonprofit research association dedicated to artificial intelligence to ensure it doesn't destroy humanity.

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Musk has expressed concern that the race for better artificial intelligence could end up triggering World War III.

As he raises concerns about AI, Musk promotes Tesla's potential for autonomy.

Tesla Model 3. Timothy Artman / Tesla

Tesla's “autopilot” system is available on all three models, including the new Model 3, an entry-level car launched earlier this year that brings the company closer to its goal of making electric vehicles affordable to the public.

Last year, Tesla bought SolarCity for $ 2.6 billion.


The acquisition brought two great ideas in environmental technology together for Musk under one roof.

So far, 2017 has been a difficult year for Musk, at least politically.

Musk (center) with Steve Bannon (left), former White House strategic adviser and US President Donald Trump. AP / Evan Vucci

Musk joined Trump's advice, an action that caused strong backlash from the public. He initially defended the action saying he could use his proximity to the White House to effect changes. But he gave up his post after Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement.

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Paul Bobet

YEET MAGAZINE vore translator · February 16

Would you rather be Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates or Warren Buffett?

Elon Musk. This guy knows how to have fun! I'd rather be me, but have some of his talent, his intelligence and his innovation. ...

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in YEET MAGAZINE  in English  :How do billionaires like Elon Musk protect themselves against kidnapping or assassination? Is it really enough to have a couple of security guards nearby?

How do billionaires like Elon Musk protect themselves from kidnapping or murder? Is it really enough to have bodyguards by their side?

I found myself face to face with Elon Musk one night when I was canvassing people to promote nightclubs in Los Angeles.

His table was located right next to mine. Since we were in a nightclub, people weren't really seated around their tables.

He had a large security team who did their best to keep people from getting near him. I remember approaching his table ( which technically is a place open to everyone ) and one of his agents prevented me from approaching by saying something like "move on , there's nothing see " . They were quite rude.

It was interesting to notice that, because that scene happened in 2013. At the time, he wasn't really famous. Except I knew who he was and what he was doing with Tesla and SpaceX. I wanted to tell him that I was a fan of what he was doing.

In the end I chickened out and didn't say anything to him, although I could have done it by getting closer to him while staying at my table. I remember that a girl from my table managed to come over and talk to her.

I was quite disappointed with myself the next day. It's a bit like when you meet a pretty girl and you don't go talk to her for fear of her reaction, except that there… it was Elon Musk!

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Why did Elon Musk buy bitcoin?

Because a fortune of 190 billion is not enough, he needs more! More seriously, Elon Musk is in the libertarian political current, he probably sees Bitcoin as a way to be freer. In addition, the blockchain ecosystem will produce changes in the industry end ...

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in YEET MAGAZINE  in English  :Elon Musk says Apple refused a meeting to acquire Tesla. Did they make a mistake in hindsight?

Elon Musk claims Apple turned down a meeting to acquire Tesla. Looking back, did they make a mistake?

No, Apple did not make a mistake.

Apple would have driven Tesla to failure.

Apple's philosophy is the exact opposite of Tesla. Tesla is 100% on innovation and doesn't care about finishes.

Apple is 100% focused on the finish.

Apple is good at taking an already mature product and making it accessible to a wider audience (smartphone, tablets, MP3 players). They are never the first, or even the second or third in a market.

Electric cars weren't mature enough for Apple.

They will be in a few years (then Apple will release an electric car).

Apple cannot create an innovative product out of thin air. They need dozens of products already on the market for inspiration. They are good at perfecting what is available, while taking as little risk as possible.

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Philippe Guglielmetti

optimistic science blogger April 2

Do the richest 1% still need the planet? Have they not become totally autonomous? Will they migrate to space and make Earth a prison planet for everyone else?

If you have 600,000 euros of wealth, you are part of the richest 1%.

With this you can send 30 kg into orbit at the Ariane rate.

A flight in orbit among the Russians costs between 25 and 30 million dollars.

So you're talking more about the 10 million of the richest, and those I know prefer tropical islands to the vacuum of space.

Will Elon Musk be as rich and famous as Bill Gates in 2035?

It's October 2020 and Elon Musk is already as famous as Bill Gates. In terms of wealth, he comes close, since he currently has a fortune of $ 90 billion against Bill Gates' $ 117 billion. Going forward, it seems inevitable that Elon Musk will surpass Bill Gates and …

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in YEET MAGAZINE  in English  :If Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Warren Buffett were all sitting around discussing their billions and Donald Trump joined the group, what possibly would he have to say in your opinion?

If Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Warren Buffett were discussing their billions and Donald Trump joined them, what do you think he would say?

I think they would have been on the mug before Trump even walked into the room!

What's going on here? Have you gone mad ??

Gates hates Zuckerberg, Musk hates Bezos and Gates, Zuckerberg hates them all. Buffet probably doesn't give a damn about what other people have to say about anything.

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Elon is one of my favorite Africans

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in YEET MAGAZINE  in English  :Why do Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos not practice wearing the same type of clothing daily like Mark Zuckerberg does?

Why don't Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos wear the same clothes every day, like Mark Zuckerberg does?

Mark Zuckerberg says even small decisions like choosing what to eat or how to dress make him lose energy. And he doesn't want to waste energy and time on things like that, so he only has a gray t-shirt and a hoodie when the weather is not so good.

Steve Jobs also had his jeans, his black turtleneck sweater, and his usual sneakers.

Of course, that you might look like an idiot in certain situations - a chance Elon or Jeff would see as a bigger risk. But it's obvious that even Mark has to wear a suit when it's needed.

Elon also has her style with her black t shirt, but a Hollywood celebrity is able to adapt her style to different occasions. Let's just say none of these guys spend too much time on fashion, they're not from the Kardashians.

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How did Elon Musk learn so much?

What is Elon Musk's IQ?

There is no official data in this regard, but it is estimated at 155.

Keep in mind that "A high IQ is no guarantee of success."

Elon needed other factors to balance his potential. Such as:

Attitude : Be persistent, positive, and enjoy everything you do.

Wisdom : Understand how people and the world in general operate.

Rationality : Observe, analyze and act according to your own principles or universal principles, without neglecting your instincts.

Elon is a very intelligent and capable person, with a way of seeing the world that goes beyond what the average person perceives.

If we want to understand the cause of his success, we should not only look at his IQ:

We need to dig a little deeper into his life and find out what makes him different.

I invite you to read this article. I am sure you will love it.

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Former Technical and General Director, CEN TC, AFNOR, LNE July 12

When should a 17 year old go to college? Elon Musk says that “you don't need a degree”.

Good evening Pierre Elon Musk is mentally ill 🤣😂😅, he says the opposite of what he himself did 😉 Studying is an excellent platform to progress and build his future 😁 Sincerely Dominique …

YEET MAGAZINE vore translator · September 17, 2020

What's the one thing Tesla owners never talk about?

Here's one thing: When I get used to my Tesla, which is almost completely perfect for moving like a train on rails, I forget how much fun it is to drive a BMW or Porsche shifter, on it. motorway, Germany. And to have about three tons of physical buttons …

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After igniting bitcoin by adopting it, Elon Musk reaped his profits by selling his investments. Now Tesla is pulling out of bitcoin and causing its downfall, does this amount to market manipulation?

This is not comparable to the market manipulation. It is market manipulation.

But it's perfectly legal since BTC is unregulated.

And it's all the easier as BTC is populated with small investors who believe in the goose that lays the golden eggs and are easy to pluck by pro traders as was the case this time around.

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Billionaires like Warren Bufet, Elon Musk, Bill Gates with which bank do they put their money?

Diversified, not a bank. They are invested in different classes of investment vehicles. In Hedge Funds, in Foundations, in Portfolios. Certainly, Buffet has a lot of bank shares from BAC to Wells Fargo and International Banks and cash of 147 Bio of Dollars in Banks …


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MBA in Banking and Finance , SVKM's NMIMS ( Diploma obtained in 2021 )

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in YEET MAGAZINE  in English  :What are some of the crazy personal Elon Musk stories?

What are Elon Musk's craziest personal stories?

Elon Musk paid for his education by partying.

While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, the entrepreneur would throw parties and charge them $ 5 to help pay his rent. He and his roommate were the only residents of a 10-room fraternity, and they covered the windows with black trash bags and the walls with bright paint. Musk would stay sober during events to keep things under control, as he never drank much. His mother Maye once worked at the door of one of the parties.

Elon Musk owns one of the James Bond cars.

In 2013, Musk spent $ 866,000 on an auction of the Lotus Esprit submarine from 007 The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Through Tesla PR, Musk told Jalopnik: “It was amazing as a little kid from South Africa to watch James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me drive his Lotus Esprit to the end of a jetty, press a button and turn it 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 give it a try to transform it to make it real. "

Elon Musk wrote and sold a video game in 1984.

His name was Blastar, and Musk, then 12, received $ 500 when his source code was published in South African magazine PC and Office Technology. In 2015, a Google software engineer revised the code to work with HTML5 and made it readable. The objective of the game is to destroy an alien ship full of weapons of mass destruction. Although this is a rudimentary game, keep in mind that it was created by a teenager around 35 years ago.

Elon Musk used to drink 96 ounces (about 8 cans) of Coca-Cola Light per day, plus some coffee.

During a period of his life, Musk is said to have drunk eight cans of Coca-Cola in addition to several cups of coffee each day. It was his way of staying awake and focused during the 100-hour work weeks during the process of building and launching his businesses, he told the company in 2007. It is dangerous for adults to use drugs. over 400 milligrams of caffeine per day, according to the Mayo Clinic. The consumption of Musk soda alone brought it to 336 milligrams.

Source: 25 Weird Things We've Learned About Elon Musk

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Location: South Africa

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in YEET MAGAZINE  in English  :Does Elon Musk ever visit South Africa?

Does Elon Musk ever return to South Africa?

No, for the following reasons:

His father is still there, and he doesn't love his father;

He was the object of nastiness from his classmates and from the little tyrants in the playground there;

All the people who found him weird or physically weak are still there;

He almost died of malaria there;

Everything bad in his life comes from there.

After studying Elon Musk, he seems like someone who doesn't like the past. He always puts more emphasis on the future and its potential, than on the past. Elon Musk has his mind in the clouds.

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