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Elon Musk’s life is as eccentric as his unique name. The entrepreneur is often in headlines due to his alternative behaviors that seem a stark contrast from fellow billionaires. Here are 32 facts you may not know about the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla.

#1 – He is the father of a big family: Musk suffered the loss of his son Nevada when he was just 10 weeks old. He has since fathered seven children. His most recent child was born in early May 2020, a boy which he welcomed with his girlfriend, Canadian musician Grimes.

#2 – Musk’s 7 children are named: First son Nevada Alexander, Twin sons Griffin and Xavier, then triplet sons Kai, Saxon and Damian, and youngest one – X Æ A-12

Elon Musk’s Beginnings

#3 – He was a young entrepreneur: In 1995, Musk co-founded a company that develops city guide software called Zip2 Corp. and later sold it to Compaq for $307 million. This was a joint venture with his brother, Kimbal Musk.

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#4 – He’s no stranger to business mergers: In 1999, he co-founded a platform called x.com, which later became Paypal. In 2002, Paypal was sold to eBay, with Musk earning a healthy $165 million dollars from the acquisition.

#5 – His head is in the clouds: He founded a company with the purpose of increasing the frequency and accessibility of space travel, which he named SpaceX.

#6 – Faster than a Tesla: In 2008, 4 years after overseeing the initial round of investment funding, Musk became CEO and architect of Tesla. 

#7 – Hotter than Dragon’s Breath: Musk designed a rocket dubbed “Dragon” to deliver over 1,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station. This venture was the first successful trip to the space station by a privately-owned spacecraft

Elon Musk’s Accolades

#8 – He was once named Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year.

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#9 – His company Tesla pulled in roughly $7 billion in 2016. 

#10 – Falcon Heavy: He executed a trip to space with a red Tesla in tow on the world’s most powerful operational rocket, Falcon Heavy

#11 – Twitter fingers: Musk has been known to tweet controversial information and antagonistic messages to investors at unexpected times. In 2018, Musk spontaneously tweeted that he was considering taking Tesla out of public trade and back to a private company. Even after walking back his statement, he has been under investigation for allegedly violating federal securities laws by making false statements about his company with nefarious intentions. 

#12 – Puff, Puff, Pass: Musk has shared his love for marijuana and alcohol, both of which he has consumed openly during interviews.

#13 – Time in court: Musk was sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission for making “false and misleading” statements to Tesla investors via Twitter. He agreed to a settlement which included the demand that Musk step down as chairman of Tesla and pay a $20 million fine. 

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#14 – The smoke should clear: His Department of Defense security clearance was placed under review after he smoked marijuana on a video podcast. 

#15 – Just Breathe: Musk acquired 1,000 ventilators as a direct result of COVID-19 and has distributed them to hospitals in need.

Elon Musk’s Family

#16 – Elon Musk is the son of model Maye Musk, who continues to be a highly respected model in her 70s. 

#17 – Baby boon: Musk’s seventh child was born during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s anyone’s guess as to the correct pronunciation of the baby’s name!

#18 – He holds two Bachelor’s degrees.

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#19 – Game fiend: Musk once traveled to South Africa to battle his cousins in a Dungeons & Dragons tournament.

#20 – He holds citizenship in three countries; The United States, South Africa, and Canada. 

Elon Musk’s Marvel Cameo

#21 – Iron Clad: Musk made a cameo appearance in Iron Man, who’s alter-ego Tony Stark was rumored to have been inspired by Musk.

#22 –  College Business Savvy: Musk ran a night club out of his college home in order to pay for tuition and beer.

#23 –  Musk attended Stanford University but withdrew after only two days. It’s not for everyone, is it?

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#24 –  To Infinity: Musk began building rockets when he was 9 years old.

#25 –  Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto: His non-profit AI research firm, OpenAI, was established because Musk felt the need to combat automation of everything and didn’t want to contribute to the ridges 

#26 – Brotherly Love: His brother Kimbal also serves on Tesla’s board of directors. In addition to his role alongside his brother, Elon’s younger brother co-founded The Kitchen, a restaurant group that aims to ensure every American has access to food.

#27 – Elon’s diet once consisted solely of oranges and hot dogs when he was strapped for cash living in Canada.

Elon Musk’s Respect for Nikola Tesla

#28 – Musk recently noted that Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World was one of the best songs of all time.

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#29 – On May 1st, 2020, Musk tweeted two statements that sent the media ablaze; “I am selling almost all physical possessions. Will own no house,” and “Tesla stock price is too high, imo [in my opinion].”

#30 – His favorite book is Isaac Asimov’s Foundation. He credits it for his interest in space travel.

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#31 – Big Bang: He had a cameo role in an episode of The Big Bang Theory titled “The Platonic Permutation.” “I was on the turkey line, but I got demoted for being too generous with the gravy,” was one of his lines while working in the made for TV soup kitchen.

#32 – Elon Musk’s Tesla Motor is named after famed and brilliant genius inventor Nikola Tesla. Elon pays frequent tribute to Nikola on social media, and he has pledged millions of dollars to preserve Tesla’s legacy – which includes building a Nikola Tesla museum. 

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