Elon Musk lived on $1 a day when he moved to Canada as a teen, other surprising things to know

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Elon Musk, a name that has become synonymous with innovation, ambitious ideas, and groundbreaking technology, is undoubtedly one of the most influential and intriguing figures of our time. From revolutionizing the automotive industry to spearheading space exploration and renewable energy initiatives, Musk’s relentless pursuit of progress has earned him a reputation as a visionary entrepreneur.

This article aims to delve into the life, achievements, and controversies surrounding this enigmatic personality, highlighting how Elon Musk is reshaping the world as we know it.

Early Life And Education
Born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa, Elon Reeve Musk exhibited an early proclivity for entrepreneurship and innovation. While his childhood was not without hardships, including instances of bullying and his parents’ divorce, Musk’s thirst for knowledge led him to excel academically.

After attending Waterkloof House Preparatory School, he went on to attend Bryanston High School.

Musk’s passion for science and technology propelled him to the University of Pretoria before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. He graduated with degrees in both Physics and Economics, laying the foundation for his career in technology and business.

 

He went door-to-door selling candy to rich people
While growing up in Pretoria, Musk, his brother Kimbal and their cousins traveled around the wealthy parts of the South African capital selling homemade chocolate Easter eggs.

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The adventurous group traveled door-to-door, selling the sweets for 20 times the cost of making them.

“I’d make them for 50 cents and charge $10 for an Easter egg and I’d always get this question like, ‘Why are you charging $10 for this little Easter egg?'” said Kimbal to CNBC Make It in a 2017 interview. “And I was like, ‘Well, you’re supporting a young capitalist. And the reality is if you don’t buy it from me, you’re not going to get one — and I know you can afford $10.'”

 

His parents thought he was deaf
Musk was so introspective as a kid that his parents and doctors ordered tests to check if he was deaf. His mother Maye Musk eventually learned this was his way of daydreaming about his inventions.

“He goes into his brain and then you just see he is in another world. He still does that. Now I just leave him be because I know he is designing a new rocket or something,” recalled Maye Musk in Vance’s book.

Though this bothered his peers, who could reportedly yell at him and do jumping jacks beside him and he wouldn’t notice, Musk’s pensive moments allowed him to visualize projects he’d hope to tackle.

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He moved to North America as a teenager
Once Elon reached his teens, he moved from his native South Africa to begin his college studies in North America. At 17, he first emigrated to “see what it takes to live,” he told Neil DeGrasse Tyson on StarTalk Radio. Musk found that “in America, it’s pretty easy to keep yourself alive.”

Given that his threshold for existing was “pretty low,” Musk was determined to survive on $1 a day by buying food at the supermarket in bulk.

“I went more for the hotdogs and oranges, you do get really tired of hot dogs and oranges after a while,” said Musk. mixing things up every now and then with some “pasta and green pepper and a big thing of sauce” which he said could “go pretty far too

 

Elon Musk’s entrepreneurial journey began with the creation of Zip2, a software company that developed business directories for newspapers. The startup achieved remarkable success and was eventually sold to Compaq for almost $300 million in 1999. Musk then co-founded X.com, an online payment company that would eventually become PayPal. In 2002, eBay acquired PayPal for $1.5 billion, earning Musk a sizeable fortune.

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Besides Tesla, Musk’s disruptive ventures include SpaceX, a private aerospace manufacturer and space exploration company. SpaceX’s ambitious goal is to colonize Mars, making humanity an interplanetary species. The company has achieved numerous milestones, such as becoming the first privately funded organization to launch a spacecraft into orbit and successfully landing reusable rockets. Musk’s other ventures, including Neuralink, a brain-computer interface startup, and The Boring Company, aimed at revolutionizing tunneling and transportation, further demonstrate his bold vision.

With a strong financial backing, Musk embarked on his audacious mission to transform the automobile industry. In 2004, he founded Tesla Motors, an electric vehicle manufacturer aimed at reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. Despite initial skepticism and numerous challenges, Tesla has emerged as an industry leader, producing cutting-edge electric vehicles with record-breaking range and innovative self-driving capabilities.

Controversies and Criticisms
Elon Musk has not been immune to controversy or criticisms throughout his career. His ambitious nature, coupled with his active presence on social media, has led to occasional turbulent encounters with regulators, investors, and the media. Musk’s tweets and public statements have sometimes resulted in market volatility and legal battles, most notably when he expressed intentions of taking Tesla private.

 

 

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