If you are a car, space or science enthusiast, you have probably heardthe name Elon Musk mentioned countless times. The entrepreneur and billionaireis a fierce competitor in the technological world, people sometimes refer andcompare him as the “Iron Man” because of the similarities they share. He hasinvested in many promising technological projects for the sake of our futureinstead of personal financial gain and that has led to international mediaattention and praise from people all over the world. One of his most recent announcement has led to even more praise as herevealed plans to make internet accessible worldwide by sending thousands ofsatellites to orbit around the earth. You are now probably wondering where heis from and how did he become so rich and beloved by the public. However, theroad has not been easy for Elon, far from it in fact.
He entered fields that no one with the mindset of earning money wouldever dare to think of and he knew it could easily end up not working out, buthe wanted to work with things he was interested in and passionate about; whichwas space travel, the internet and renewable energy sources. Elon Musk believesthat everyone can achieve great things as long as you have a passion and gainhappiness from it, work hard and never give up. Which he did. Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is aSouth African-born American executive, investor, engineer, and inventor. As a child,Elon Musk was smart and developed an early interest in programming, samepattern as Mark Zuckerberg. He later on decided to move to Canada, to study and got a Canadian citizenshipthanks to his mother. After his studies in Canada, Musk decided to move toAmerica where dreams come true.
At age24, he started a company named Zip2, which he sold to Compaq for 307 milliondollars. Musk started a new project, which would become the notorious PayPal. EBaybought PayPal for 1.5 billion dollars and instead of living life, traveling orbuying a private island Elon Musk took all the money he made and invested itall in two companies who were at the time on the brink of bankruptcy. Elon Muskbelieved they could change the world and the future for the better; he boughtSpaceX and Tesla Motors. SpaceX is aprivate company who designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets andspacecraft at the same time reducing the price tag. The company was founded in2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling peopleto live on other planets. A group ofengineers who wanted to prove that people did not need to compromise to driveelectric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drivethan gasoline cars founded Tesla in 2003.
Today, Tesla builds not onlyall-electric vehicles but also infinitely scalable clean energy generation andstorage products. Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossilfuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better. Today boththese companies are huge and successful, but I has not always been that way. Ithas been a long and rocky road for Elon Musk to get where he is now.
At theearly stages of SpaceX and Tesla, Musk faced numerous challenges whom resultedin failure after failure; he did not give up and look where he stands todaybeing the CEO of two major corporations with a combined worth of around 70billion dollars. While those companies are, where Elon Musk puts most of hisfocus on. Musk has started experimenting with new technological innovationsduring the recent years and acquired Hyperloop One & Solar City. Hyperloopbeing a new way of transportation and Solar City focusing on utilizing thepower of the sun to our benefit.