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How billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and controversial men in tech (TSLA)


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Elon Musk has had a tumultuous yet successful life.
He was bullied as a child but ultimately attended an Ivy League university, going on to become the CEO of two companies, Tesla and SpaceX, and the founder of three more.
He’s also been married three times and has triplets and twins. He just had another baby with his girlfriend, the musician Grimes.
But Musk also courts controversy, especially on Twitter. The tech billionaire has been outspoken about the coronavirus crisis, urging businesses to reopen and announcing he would defy lockdown rules.
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It seems like there’s nothing Elon Musk can’t do.

As CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, founder of The Boring Company, and cofounder of OpenAI and Neuralink, Musk seems to be everywhere all at once, pushing all kinds of futuristic technologies. He’s said he won’t be happy until we’ve escaped Earth and colonized Mars.

Between space rockets, electric cars, solar batteries, and the billions he’s made along the way, Musk is basically a real-life Tony Stark — which is why he served as an inspiration for Marvel’s 2008 “Iron Man” film.

But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Musk. Here’s how he went from getting bullied in school to becoming a small-time entrepreneur and eventually the CEO of two major companies that seem like they’re straight out of science fiction — and how he almost went broke along the way.

This is an update to an article originally published in August 2016. Katie Canales contributed to an earlier version of this story.

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Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa.

Musk’s mother, Maye, is a professional dietitian and model. She has appeared on boxes of Special K cereal and the cover of Time magazine. In 2017, at the age of 69, she landed a contract with CoverGirl.

Source: The New York Times

After their parents divorced in 1979, the 9-year-old Musk and his younger brother, Kimbal, decided to live with their father. It wasn’t until after the move was made that his notoriously troubled relationship with his dad began to emerge. “It was not a good idea,” Musk said in a Rolling Stone interview about moving in with his father.

Source: Rolling Stone

In 1983, at the age of 12, Musk sold a simple game called “Blastar” to a computer magazine for $500. Musk described it as “a trivial game … but better than Flappy Bird.”

Source: WaitButWhy

Still, Musk’s school days weren’t easy — he was once hospitalized after being beaten by bullies. The bullies threw Musk down a set of stairs and beat him until he blacked out.

Source: “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future”

After graduating from high school, Musk moved to Canada with his mother Maye, his sister Tosca, and his brother Kimbal, and spent two years studying at Queen’s University …read more

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