By Maxime T’sjoen
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There are characters that are fascinated, that are intriguing. Elon Musk is one of them. The South African billionaire, naturalized Canadian, was American, just bought Twitter for the clean sum of $ 44 billion.
Beyond taking the social network from the blue bird, it’s the entirety of Elon Musk’s work, 50, that is fascinating.
Return to ten highlights which made the man famous.
1 – He is a millionaire at the age of 27
He was born on June 28, 1971 in Pretoria. He travels to Canada, in the United States where he earned a master’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in business management (MBA) from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1995, he founded a start-up with his brother Kimbal Musk: Zip2. Goal: to create a large online directory. It will orient itself to companies to allow them to move to the web. It has had particular success with media wishing to modernize.
In 1999, the brothers sold the business to American computer manufacturer Compaq. Results of the operation? 307 million dollars, including 22 for Elon Muskget rich.
2 – He is the richest man in the world
Since then, water has flowed under bridges, and Elon Musk’s wealth has increased dramatically, to the point now considered as the richest man in the world according to the magazine Forbes.
His fortune is now estimated at 219 billion dollars, a large part of which goes for the company Tesla, a company that makes high-end electric cars.
3 – He is the creator of PayPal
Dreamer, and somewhat visionary, Elon Musk created one of the most popular online payment companies PayPal. Well, not really.
A few weeks after Zip2 was sold, the young man founded X.com start-up. An online bank in 1999? Success. The company immediately merged with Confinitiy, which notably launched the payment service… PayPal. Elon Musk has become a major shareholder and expert in online payments.
This is the name X.com was first retained before its successor changed its name to PayPal. In 2002, eBay bought PayPal for 1.5 billion dollars, including 250 million for Elon Musk.
4 – He is not the founder of Tesla
If he was the image of Tesla, he wouldn’t have found it. The company was created in 1eh July 2003 by two engineer friends, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. The first promise: to offer top-of-the-range electric vehicles.
Investor since 2004, Elon Musk became CEO in 2008. He was the one who, in 2010, brought the company to the stock market.
He made Tesla soar to the point of being a reference in the field of electric vehicles.
5 – The Space X odyssey
“Hello everyone. My name is Elon Musk. I’m the founder of Space X. In five years, you’re dead. This is what the billionaire launched in 2006 at a space congress in Washington.
After selling PayPal, he created Space X in 2002. The goal was to make “low -cost” rockets by designing reusable launchers. After several setbacks, firing the Falcon 1 was a success.
As a result, the Falcon 9 became the first successful launcher with a reused stage.
At the same time, Space X is working on vessels capable of carrying people to the ISS. It was specifically the Crew Dragon of Musk’s company that brought Thomas Pesquet, in November 2021, to the international space station.
6 – He wants to colonize Mars
Elon Musk dreamed of sending humans to Mars, starting in 2024. Although it seems unlikely, he repeats it over and over again.
He plans to send at the start of two unmanned missions that will deposit on the Red Planet the survival infrastructure needed for the first arrivals, our colleagues from Futura-Sciences.
In a series of tweets from 2020, he envisioned sending 1 million people by 2050.
7 – She has Asperger’s Syndrome
On Saturday May 8, 2021, guest show in America saturday night livethe Tesla boss revealed he had Asperger’s syndrome.
You see, I know I’m saying or posting weird things, but that’s just how my brain works.
8 – He wants to connect the human brain to computers
Transhumanist environment: Elon Musk wants to connect, by an implant, men and computers. It was through another start-up founded in 2016, Neuralink, that the billionaire aimed to achieve this new goal.
At Neuralink, Elon Musk wants, among other things, paralyzed people to control smartphones and computers mentally.
The keeper announced that a post of director of clinical trials will be made in January 2022. This suggests that trials in humans will take place soon.
9 – She has eight children some with code names
Nevada Musk, Saxon Musk, Kai Musk, X Æ A-Ⅻ Musk, Damian Musk, Griffon Musk, Xavier Musk and Exa Dark Sideræl Musk.
Here are the names of Elon Musk’s eight children.
Her eldest, born in 2002 from her union with novelist Justine Wilson, suffered sudden infant death syndrome at 10 weeks. Five more children were born from this first marriage.
The last two were born from his relationship with singer Grimes.
10 – He bought Twitter for 44 billion dollars
Latest madness for the billionaire, and hard to miss.
Wanting to include “total freedom of expression”, Elon Musk just bought the social network Twitter. Official cost of the operation: 44 billion dollars, or just over 41 million euros.
If this acquisition is too recent to see the consequences, there is no doubt that they will be felt soon. The billionaire, who is very active in this network, encounters so many disadvantages there, that he does not hesitate share publicly.
Bonus: 11 – he challenged Vladimir Putin on Twitter
And even though we’ve announced 10 things to know, it’s hard not to mention this eleventh important fact about Elon Musk.
In connection with the war, in Ukraine, he tweeted, acknowledging the Kremlin’s official account, to invite Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin to the single fight against him.
The challenge? Neither more or less than in Ukraine. If the Kremlin account responds, the fight has not yet taken place.
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