1. He’s a self-made man. He even taught himself computer programming, selling the computer code for a video game called Blastar for $500 when he was 12.
2. He’s on a constant mission to create and improve. Instead of retiring after selling Paypal to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion, Musk moved on to even bigger aspirations. A private space company, solar energy and luxury electric cars.3. Oh, and a super speedy transportation system that could send people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a half hour through pressurized tubes. Its called the Hyperloop, and he said he’d build the prototype himself if nobody else does. Nothing is off limits to musk.4. But deep down, he does the same things we’d do if we had a million dollars. He spent $1 million on the Lotus submarine car used in 1977 James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” and plans to “upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try and make it transform for real”.5. And when he got annoyed with the traffic on California’s l-405, he contributed 50,000 to an advocacy group working to improve the freeway.
6. He has his own Elon army. 5 cute children who will no doubt grow up to change the world just like their dad.7. He literally does everything. On the 14th June 2012 he celebrated the first successful mission by a private space company to deliver supplies to the International Space station.8. And the following day he was at the California Institute of Technology commencement ceremony talking to students, who probably actually listened.9. He’s hard-working and determined, splitting his 80 to 100 hours a week between the Tesla office in Palo Alto and the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.10. Even in harsh times, he doesn’t give up. Dividing his remaining money between Space X and Tesla when both nearly went bankrupt simultaneously in 2008, instead of picking one over the other.
11. He goes to war against the lying media. When the New York Times ran a bad review of the Model S last year, Musk produced data from a test drive and called the article “fake”.12. But is always eager to improve his already incredible work. After a New York couple wrote to him about by taking out a full page ad in a local newspaper, he stated that he would implement “many of the suggestions”, as well as tweeting a photo of the letter to his almost 860,000 followers. One of the suggestions included moving the cup holders - no detail is too small to Mr Musk.
13. So its no surprise everyone wants to be photographed with him. Even Barack Obama.14. He was among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2013.
15. While The Atlantic classed him as possibly “the greatest living inventor”.
So we can see why he’s seen as the real-life iron man. (And his cameo in the second film only solidifyies our love for him).
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