WITH an incredible amount of money and a hand in major technological feats, it’s no wonder why Elon Musk helped provide inspiration for Marvel’s 2008 “Iron Man.”
Both the fictional playboy Tony Stark and Musk have been the center of attention when it comes to groundbreaking technology and big business deals.
Both have also taken incredibly bumpy paths to success.
Elon is still on his path, and he’s nowhere near finished.
Promising from the start
Speaking in a Ted Talk interview, he gave a rare glimpse into his past when he admitted he was bullied as a child over his Asperger’s Syndrome.
“I did not have a happy childhood to be frank,” he said. “It was quite rough.”
The tech mogul added that the condition, which means sufferers struggle to understand social cues and have ordered, rigid, thinking patterns, was a “gift” because it led him to a career in computing.
At the age of 12, he sold a simple game to a computer magazine for $ 500 kickstarting his career in business.
After earning a degree in physics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, he circumvented grad school in favor of testing out the waters in the “dot com” business.
Along with his brother, Musk rounded up a group of Silicon Valley investors to fund Zip2, one of his first major business ventures.
While he was literally living at the office and showering at the local YMCA, he became a multi-millionaire when Zip2 was sold for $ 341million in cash and stock.
After a few more business ventures including co-founding PayPal, setting up SpaceX, and getting involved with Tesla, Musk has grown into a force to be reckoned with, especially on Twitter.
With a business deal lined up for him to buy the companyhis popularity on and off the app only continues to grow.
A busy love life
Musk shares five children with his first wife, Justine Musk. The couple divorced in 2008.
He then went on to marry actress Talulah Riley in 2010, divorced in 2012, remarried in 2013, and finally divorced again in 2016.
Continuing his playboy antics, Musk dated actress Amber Heard but broke up after a year of dating, which he said was “very hard” for him.
Musk then started dating singer Grimesand Twitter fell in love with them.
By this time Musk was well known for his tweets, making him one of the most loved and controversial entrepreneurs.
This relationship thrust Elon into the world of glam and red carpets.
The two went to the Met Gala together in 2018. Musk went again this year and was seen casually chatting with fellow business guru Kim Kardashian.
Although the couple has since split, Grimes says their relationship is “very fluid,” and they do plan to have more children together.
After the split in 2022, they had a second child via surrogate, a daughter named Exa Dark Sideræl Musk.
He even got to test his television skills while hosting Saturday Night Live in 2021.
Both his mother and Grimes made appearances on the show, showing fans a more playful side of the big businessman.
Musk has a varying fanbase. Some praise him for his business tactics while others love how outspoken he is on Twitter.
The world is watching and following along as Musk literally aims for the stars, and continues his business ventures.
He is finalizing his big Twitter purchase, which he recently said has nothing to due with former president Donald Trump.
Several changes may be coming to the social media site under new ownership, but Musk’s stance on freedom of speech has Twitter users guessing whether Trump’s account would be reinstated.
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