The incredible story of Elon Musk, from getting bullied in school to the most interesting man in tech
What can’t Elon Musk do?
As CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, founder of The Boring Company, and cofounder of OpenAI, Musk seems to be everywhere all at once, pushing all kinds of incredible new technologies. He’s said he won’t be happy until we’ve escaped Earth and colonized Mars.
Between space rockets, electric cars, solar batteries, research into killer robots, and the billions he’s made along the way, Musk is basically a real-life Tony Stark — which is why he served as an inspiration for “Iron Man.”
But it wasn’t always easy for Musk. Here’s how he went from getting bullied in school to small-time entrepreneur to CEO of two major companies that seem like they’re straight out of science fiction — and how he almost went broke along the way.
This is an update to an article originally published in August 2016.
Elon Musk was born on June 28th, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa.
His father said he’s “always been an introvert thinker.”
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“Where a lot of people would go to a great party and have a great time and drink and talk about all sorts of things like rugby or sport, you would find Elon had found the person’s library and was going through their books,” Musk’s dad, electronics engineer Errol Musk, said.
Musk’s mother is a professional dietitian and model.
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Maye Musk, a Canadian national, has appeared on boxes of Special K cereal and the cover of Time magazine.
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