Elon Musk Celebrates his 45th Birthday Today: 25 Unknown Facts About the Real Iron Man

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As everyone knows, Elon Reeve Musk is a man of vision, real-life Iron Man and a voracious reader, who wants to colonize Mars.

Elon Musk Turns 45 Today! 25 Things You Need to Know About Him!

The South African-born Canadian-American business magnate is known for founding some big companies including Tesla, Solar city, Space X, and Paypal.

Elon Musk became famous when SpaceX launched a rocket that would send the first commercial vehicle to the International Space Station (ISS).

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Also, this man is a sheer example of many for following his passion with determination, even though he failed a lot of times. In order to celebrate his 45th birthday, we have collected 25 unknown facts that make Elon Musk one of the amazing CEO's today.

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Musk also believes we are probably characters in some advanced Matrix

Fact #1

He sold his first own computer program (Blaster- a video game) for $500 (approx Rs. 33,900) at the age of 12.

After dropping out of graduate school, Elon Musk started Zip2!

Fact #2

Musk received 7% ($22 million) from the sale of Zip2 which was founded along with his brother at the age of 27.

Elon Musk's official annual salary for Tesla Motors is just $1.

Fact #3

He co-founded PayPal which was later acquired by eBay or USD $ 1.5 Billion. Musk holds 11.7% of those shares.

In fact Musk did an guest role on Iron Man 2!

Fact #4

Jon Favreau, Director of Iron Man (2008 movie) states that Elon Musk was the inspiration for the character of Tony stark played by Robert Downey, Jr. (actor)

Tesla Model S was awarded a 5.4/5 for safety rating

Fact #5

Musk has described himself as a workaholic who routinely invests 100 hours per week.

Musk got his Canadian citizenship through his mother at 16

Fact #6

Elon's father is an Engineer, while his mother was a model. 

Musk taught himself computer programming at the age of 12

Fact #7

Right from the age of 7 he used to read for 10 hours a day.

Elon Musk moved from South Africa to Canada at 17

Fact #8

At Canada, he worked in a boiler room shoveling dirt for $18/hour.

That's not deliberate!

Fact #9

Once he got an internship at a bank and thrown out for using executive's coffee machine despite being the top performer.

Went on to take advantage of the Internet boom!

Fact #10

He left Stanford Ph.D. after 2 days of joining.

Now we know, why he prefers auto driving!

Fact #10

Elon crashes his $1 million McLaren F1 soon after buying it.

His aim is to reduce the cost of space flight to the space!

Fact #12

In 2008 when NASA contract of $1.6bn saved SpaceX from bankruptcy. 

Musk reduced the cost of reaching the ISS by 90%

Fact #13

First rocket launch failure in June 2015 after 19 successful launches.


Fact #14

Elon Musk did a guest role in sitcom show "The Big Bang Theory". The episode entitled "The Platonic Permutation".

Falcon rocket gets its name from Star Wars' Millennium Falcon!

Fact #15

Elon Musk owns a car which was used in 1977 James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me". 

Interesting isn't it?

Fact #16

The SpaceX factory was used as a location in Iron Man 2.

Musk has been married three times!

Fact #17

Musk met his first wife, Justine Musk who is a Canadian author while they were both students at Queen's University. They married in 2000.

Musk is also called as a "thrillionaire"!

Fact #18

Elon Musk has signed the Giving Pledge, promising to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropic efforts, just like Bill Gates and others.

Musk also said" if no one else build it, I will do it myself"

Fact #19

In 2013, Musk introduced Hyperloop, a new form of transportation that has the potential to send people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour through pressurized tubes. 

He always prefer to use sustainable energy

Fact #20

Musk named his robots at the Tesla manufacturing facility after X-men characters including Xavier, Iceman, Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Vulcan, and Havoc.

Musk was named Fortune's "Businessperson of the Year" on 2013

Fact #21

Esquire magazine listed Musk's name in the list of 75 most influential people of the 21st century. 

He is friends with Larry Page, CEO of Google

Fact #22

Elon Musk can finish one hamburger in 3 bites and also, he wants to put a roller coaster in Tesla Factory.

He also has "No-A**holes”" hiring policy too!

Fact #23

Elon Musk likes Whiskey, french food and BBQ.

This is the secret ingredient!

Fact #24

Elon consumes 8 cans of diet coke as well as several large cups of coffee to stay focused.

Happy birthday to the real life Iron Man!

Fact #25

Lives by the first principles of physics in making business decisions and conclusions.

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