10 things about Elon Musk you (maybe) didn’t know

Elon Musk is not only a business expert, a talented inventor, he is also the most erratic billionaire. As proof, 10 things that are not normal.

soon Twitter owner, Elon Musk will add an unlikely string to his bow, which already has many, from electric cars to rockets and tunnel boring machines. Born in South Africa, American and Canadian citizen, leader of SpaceX and You are here, the richest man in the world has become a central figure of American neo-capitalism with its otherworldly ambitions and political ideals, which he shares with his 83 million followers on Twitter. The qualification of exuberant is not appropriated, far from it…

• He didn’t make Tesla

No, Elon Musk is not the founder of Tesla! The company was founded in 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning who dream of inventing a car version of Apple. With a third partner, Ian Wright, they raised $7.5 million in 2004 from investors, including Elon Musk, who decided to invest in the company. He led the creation of the Roadster, the brand’s first car. It was after a 2009 lawsuit that he was recognized as one of the co-founders of Tesla Motors.

According to Elon Musk, the Tesla Roadster will benefit from a Performance version that could make the electric super sports car take off…
According to Elon Musk, the Tesla Roadster will benefit from a Performance version that could make the electric super sports car take off… © Tesla

• He nearly kills himself behind the wheel of a McLaren F1

In March 2000, Elon Musk is a young millionaire of 28 years since the sale of his first startup. With his profit, he buys a 627 hp McLaren F1 for a million dollars and offers his friend and partner Peter Thiel a ride.

To impress his passenger, Musk pressed hard on the accelerator, nearly igniting the car, and it crashed in the background. The two men miraculously escaped unscathed.

• He inspired the director of Iron Man

Elon Musk is not Avengers, but almost. Jon Favreau, the director, has revealed that he was inspired by the Tesla boss to create the character Tony Stark. The fictional character and Elon Musk even invented similar technologies, such as the interface, to design 3D missiles with gestures. The billionaire even played himself in the second opus, during a scene where he offers Tony Stark to study “an electric jet”. As a final detail, several scenes of the film were shot inside the premises of Space X.

• His children have code names

Elon Musk has been divorced three times and is the father of eight children, one of whom died after 10 weeks. His last born, which he had with singer Grimes, is called Exa Dark Sideræl Musk. His nickname is Y.

She is the little sister of “X Æ A-12”, the first child of the couple nicknamed X. On her Twitter account, the mother explained this name. “X, the unknown variable, Æ, which I pronounce “Ai” for love or artificial intelligence, A-12, the predecessor to the SR-17 (our favorite aircraft), no weapons or defenses, just speed. Violent. The A also stands for “Archangel”, my favorite song”.

• He wants to connect the brain with computers

It’s one of billionaire Elon Musk’s most ambitious and craziest projects. His company Neuralink wants to connect the human brain with computers. Thanks to the technology, “a paralyzed person can use a smartphone by thinking faster than someone using their thumbs”.

It would be enough to come up with a sentence to write it: the chip captures the electrical signals sent by the brain and transcribes them. Tests were already done last year on a sow and a monkey, who had to play a video game by simple thought.

• He doesn’t want to do a Hyperloop

We often hear that Elon Musk invented Hyperloop, this concept of a very high-speed train circulating in vacuum tubes. This is not completely true. In fact, he launched the idea based on a Jules Verne novel. In 2012, he officially announced it by presenting it as the fifth mode of transport, alongside boats, planes, cars and trains.

In 2013, he published the Alpha version of Hyperloop in “open source” mode on the Tesla and SpaceX sites with diagrams, plans, sketches, technical details on propulsion and power supply and project costs. But he indicates that he is too focused on Tesla to get started and offers to anyone who wants to pick up the idea. Moreover, he has not applied for a patent.

Several entrepreneurs took over the project: Hyperloop One, which became Virgin Hyperloop One after its acquisition by Richard Branson and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies.

• He created a construction company

If he hadn’t made a Hyperloop, Elon Musk would launch the tubes that would be used to get there. After a buzz on Twitter where he repeated “Boring”, he launched The Boring Company, a public works company specializing in tunneling.

Coquetry as a gamer, he connected a Microsoft Xbox game console controller to control the giant industrial machines. Using this tool is not just for creating buzz. Musk explains that the ergonomics have proven themselves and that they are a cost-effective alternative in an industrial environment. He also points out that Microsoft spent more than $100 million to make it.

• He is homeless

The richest man in the world has neither an apartment nor a lavish villa. His eccentricity led him to have no permanent residence. He made this confidence during an interview with TED last April.

“I don’t have a house. I literally stay with friends. When I travel to the San Francisco Bay Side, where most of Tesla’s tech locations are, I alternate depending on the rooms available at my home. Friends”.

Small detail, he sleeps in the Tesla factory when no one can receive him, but most of the time he is in his private jet, a Gulfstream 650 for which he paid 70 million dollars.

We can also follow this jet in real time, which has its own Twitter account (from an anonymous person), followed by more than 40,000 people.

• He’s even richer than Jeff Bezos

Last April, in the Forbes ranking of the world’s richest billionaires, the top three were identical to 2021 with one difference: Elon Musk stole first place from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Since the start of the health crisis the fortune of the boss of Tesla and SpaceX has soared, rising from $24.6 billion in 2020 to $219 billion. At just $171 billion, Bezos is only second to Bernard Arnault who passed him before Bill Gates.

• He even sold flamethrowers

Within hours, Elon Musk sold a limited run of 20,000 flamethrowers for $500 each.
Within hours, Elon Musk sold a limited run of 20,000 flamethrowers for $500 each. © Boring Company

In 2018, the billionaire was looking for funds to fund The Boring Company, the company responsible for digging the Hyperloop tunnels. He made $10 million selling 20,000 flamethrowers online for $500 each.

• He dreams of creating a new civilization on Mars

Elon Musk does not dream of an ordinary political career by becoming President of the United States. He aims much higher. His ambition is to create a civilization on the planet Mars, which is his ultimate goal. He plans to create human colonies on Mars by 2024.

Some say every company he owns is helpful for this crazy project, from Tesla to SpaceX to Neuralink. He works on people migration with NASA, which takes the projects of the world’s most lavish billionaire very seriously.

Pascal Samama

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