Elon Musk is a successful entrepreneur, an eccentric innovator and a billionaire. He was born in 1971 in South Africa. He founded SpaceX, co-founded PayPal and he is the owner and head of the car company Tesla. We bring you 10 interesting facts you didn't know about him.
1. He owns a luxury underwater car from a Bond movie
Elon Musk bought the underwater Lotus vehicle from the 1970 James Bond movie for $989,000 and plans to upgrade it to a submarine with Tesla's technology.
2. He spent his childhood with books as a “little inventor”
Since a young age he built rockets, coded his own video games and produced explosives. He loved books. He said about his childhood: “I was raised by books. Books and then by my parents.”
3. He is the 40th richest man in the world
His net worth is about $23 billion.
4. He played in a movie
He appeared in Iron Man 2 and in The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory.
5. He's a fan of X-men
During the upgrade of Tesla's factory, Elon decided to name some of the new robots after X-Men characters - Xavier, Iceman, Wolverine, Storm and Colossus.
6. He experienced the school of life
During his studies at a Canadian university, he was determined to survive with $1 for groceries per day. It was an experiment.
7. His goal is the planet Mars
He founded the luxury company SpaceX. He wants to colonize Mars and hopes to send 80,000 people to this planet.
8. He came up with a family idea
He is the chairman of Solar City, which installs solar panels for homes in the US. He left the management to his cousin Lyndon Rive.
9. He sees danger in artificial intelligence
He calls it the most serious threat to the survival of mankind.
10. He created a school for his children
It is called Ad Astra, "to the stars", and it is located in America in one of his luxury houses.