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 that 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 like a "little inventor"
Since a young age he was building rockets, coding his own video games and making explosives. He loved books. He said about his childhood: “I was raised by books. First by books and then by my parents.”
3. He is the 40th richest man in the world
The net worth of his assets is about $23 billion.
4. He starred in a movie
He appeared in Iron Man 2 and in The Simpsons as well as in the The Big Bang Theory.
5. He's a fan of X-men
During the process of modernization of the Tesla factory, Elon decided to name some of the new robots after characters from X-Men - Xavier, Iceman, Wolverine, Storm and Colossus.
6. He went through 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. The planet Mars is his goal
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.