Elon Musk: the richest man in the world: a biography between lights and shadows

Elon Musk is the richest man in the world, a visionary entrepreneur who has founded and led several successful companies, including Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink and The Boring Company. In a biography released on September 12, author Walter Isaacson recounts Musk’s life, revealing the lights and shadows of a complex and controversial character.

The book begins with a portrait of Musk’s childhood, marked by bullying and a difficult relationship with his father. Musk said he was bullied throughout his childhood in South Africa, where he was born and raised. In an interview, he stated that he was “bullied for being short and shy” and that one day he was beaten so badly that he ended up in hospital.

The relationship with his father was equally problematic. Musk said his father was a violent man and that he abused him physically and verbally. These experiences had a profound impact on Musk’s life, and he developed strong determination and unbridled ambition.

The book continues with an account of the career of Musk, who founded his first company, Zip2, at just 20 years old. In 1999, Musk founded, an online financial services company that later merged with Confinity to form PayPal. Which was then sold to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion, making Musk a millionaire.eADV

In 2002, Musk founded SpaceX , an aerospace company that revolutionized the industry. In 2004, Musk founded Tesla, an automotive company that produces electric cars. Tesla has become one of the most valuable companies in the world, and Musk has become a technology icon.

In 2016, Musk founded Neuralink , a company that develops brain-computer interface technologies. In 2017, Musk founded The Boring Company, a company that digs tunnels for public transportation. Musk is a controversial figure and has made several statements and actions that have sparked controversy. In 2018, Musk tweeted that he was considering taking Tesla private, prompting an SEC investigation.

In 2020, Musk made controversial comments about the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, Musk purchased Twitter, a social media platform that he has often criticized.

Elon Musk is a complex and controversial character, but it is undeniable that he is a very successful man.eADV

His biography is a story of ambition, determination and innovation.

While his life has not been without its challenges, Musk has managed to overcome every obstacle to become one of the most influential people in the world.

Here are some curiosities that perhaps you didn’t know:

  • Musk has a real obsession with the letter “X”. He founded his first company,, in 1999 and later gave the same name to Tesla, SpaceX and Neuralink.
  • Musk had eleven children with three different women. With his first wife, Justine Wilson, he had five children, two of whom died in infancy. With the singer Grimes he had two children and with Shivon Zilis, a Tesla employee, he had two more children.
  • Musk had an affair with actress Amber Heard, Johnny Depp’s ex-wife. The relationship has been characterized by several ups and downs and Musk shared on social media a photo of Heard dressed as Mercy, a female character from the video game Overwatch.
  • Musk threw two extravagant birthdays. For his 40th birthday, third wife Talulah Riley organized a trip on the Orient Express, while for her 43rd birthday he threw a Japanese steampunk-themed party.

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