15 Interesting facts about Elon Musk you must know

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2 min readFeb 3, 2021

Elon Musk, the famous CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is not the most private about his life, but there is still a lot that many don’t know about the space-obsessed billionaire. After the innovator made history with his company SpaceX and right before he celebrates his 49th birthday later this month, take a look at 15 facts about the Silicon Valley mogul.

  1. Elon Musk was born in South Africa in 1971.

2. He became famous for starting Tesla Motors and SpaceX but he first made his fortune as a co-founder of PayPal.


3. Musk provided a large amount of inspiration for the Hollywood character Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man). In fact, parts of Iron Man 2 were actually filmed inside and outside of SpaceX. Musk even has a cameo in the film!


4. Like Steve Jobs and other famous entrepreneurs, Musk’s official annual salary for Tesla Motors is just $1.

5. Musk then became a major funder in Tesla Motors, now called Tesla. Largely uninterested in the electric vehicles then, Tesla introduced the Roadster, a car with futuristic looks and a battery with a range of 394 km on a single charge.

6. Both of Musk’s successes, SpaceX as well as Tesla, had come very close to failing. While the first three rockets failed to launch the fourth was a success and the Roadster went through several production problems.

7. At age 12, Musk taught himself computer programming and created a video game called Blastar, which he sold for $500.

8. Elon Musk didn’t become an American citizen until 2002, at age 31.

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