Ten things to know about billionaire Elon Musk, who just bought Twitter

Elon Musk (right) just bought Twitter for $44 billion. (©Wikimedia Commons/Steve Jurvetson)

There are characters who fascinate, who intrigue. Elon Musk is one of them. The South African billionaire, naturalized Canadian, then American, has just bought Twitter for the tidy sum of $44 billion.

More than the takeover of the social network from the blue bird, it is the whole of the work of Elon Musk, 50, which fascinates.

Back on ten highlights who made the man famous.

1 – He was a millionaire at 27

He was born on June 28, 1971 in Pretoria. He wandered in Canada, in the United States where he obtained a master’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in business management (MBA) at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1995, he founded a start-up with his brother Kimbal Musk: Zip2. Objective: to create a large online directory. It will reorient itself towards companies in order to allow them to move to the web. It has particular success with the media wishing to modernize.

In 1999, the two brothers sold the business to the American computer manufacturer, Compaq. Result of the operation? 307 million dollars, including 22 for Elon Muskbecame rich.

2 – He is the richest man in the world

Since then, water has flowed under the bridges, and the fortune of Elon Musk has increased sharply, to the point of being considered today as the richest man in the world according to the magazine Forbes.

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His fortune is now estimated at 219 billion dollars, a large part of which is in action for the company Tesla, a company which produces high-end electric cars.

3 – He is the creator of PayPal

Dreamer, and a bit of a visionary, Elon Musk is the creator of one of the most famous online payment companies PayPal. Well, not really.

A few weeks after selling Zip2, the young man founded the X.com start-up. An online bank in 1999? Already a success. The company immediately merged with Confinitiy, which notably launched a payment service… PayPal. Elon Musk becomes the main shareholder and specializes in online payment.

It is the name of X.com which is first retained before its successor renames it definitively PayPal. In 2002, eBay bought PayPal for 1.5 billion dollars, including 250 million for Elon Musk.

4 – He is not the founder of Tesla

If he is the image of Tesla, he did not found it. The company was created on 1er July 2003 by two engineering friends, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. The initial promise: to offer top-of-the-range electric vehicles.

Investor since 2004, Elon Musk became CEO in 2008. It was he who, in 2010, brought the company to the stock market.

He will make Tesla soar to the point of becoming a reference in the field of electric cars.

5 – The Space X odyssey

” Hi all. My name is Elon Musk. I’m the founder of Space X. In five years, you’re dead. This is what the billionaire launched in 2006 during a space congress in Washington.

After selling PayPal, he created Space X in 2002. The goal is to make “low-cost” rockets by designing reusable launchers. After several failures, the firing of the Falcon 1 is a success.

In the aftermath, the Falcon 9 becomes the first successful launcher with a reused stage.

At the same time, Space X is working on vessels capable of bringing humans to the ISS. It is in particular the Crew Dragon of Musk’s company which brought Thomas Pesquet, in November 2021, to the international space station.

6 – He wants to colonize Mars

Elon Musk dreams of sending humans to Mars, starting in 2024. Even if it seems unlikely, he keeps repeating it.

He planned to initially send two unmanned missions which would deposit on the Red Planet the survival infrastructure necessary for the first arrivals, noted our colleagues from Futura-Sciences.

In a series of tweets from 2020, he envisioned sending 1 million people by 2050.

7 – He has Asperger’s Syndrome

On Saturday May 8, 2021, guest of the American show saturday night livethe boss of Tesla reveals that he has Asperger’s syndrome.

Look, I know I’m saying or posting weird things, but that’s just how my brain works.

Elon MuskCEO of Tesla, Space X

8 – He wants to connect the human brain to computers

Transhumanist atmosphere: Elon Musk wants to connect, via an implant, men and computers. It is through yet another start-up founded in 2016, Neuralink, that the billionaire intends to achieve this new aspiration.

With Neuralink, Elon Musk wants, among other things, that paralyzed people can control smartphones and computers by thought.

The Guardian announced that a post of director of clinical trials had been created in January 2022. This suggests that trials on humans will take place soon.

Elon Musk just bought Twitter for $44 billion.
Elon Musk just bought Twitter for $44 billion. (©Wikimedia Commons/Steve Jurvetson)

9 – He has eight children some of whom have code names

Nevada Musk, Saxon Musk, Kai Musk, X Æ A-Ⅻ Musk, Damian Musk, Griffon Musk, Xavier Musk and Exa Dark Sideræl Musk.

Here are the names of Elon Musk’s eight children.

His first, born in 2002 from his union with the novelist Justine Wilson, suffered sudden infant death syndrome at 10 weeks. Five other children were born from this first marriage.

The last two were born out of his relationship with the singer Grimes.

10 – He bought Twitter for 44 billion dollars

Latest madness for the billionaire, and it was difficult to miss.

Wanting to affix “total freedom of expression”, Elon Musk simply bought the social network Twitter. Official cost of the operation: 44 billion dollars, or just over 41 million euros.

If this acquisition is too recent to see the consequences, there is no doubt that they will be felt shortly. The billionaire, very active on this network, finds many disadvantages there, which he does not hesitate to share publicly.

Bonus: 11 – he challenged Vladimir Putin on Twitter

And even if we had announced 10 things to know, it’s hard not to mention this eleventh significant fact about Elon Musk.

In connection with the war, in Ukraine, he tweeted, identifying the official account of the Kremlin, to invite the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin to single combat against him.

The challenge ? Neither more nor less than Ukraine. If the Kremlin account has responded, the fight hasn’t happened (yet).

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