From the author of Steve Jobs and other bestselling biographies, this is the astonishingly intimate story of the most fascinating and controversial innovator of our era—a rule-breaking visionary who helped to lead the world into the era of electric vehicles, private space exploration, and artificial intelligence. Oh, and took over Twitter. When Elon Musk was a kid in South Africa, he was regularly beaten by bullies. One day a group pushed him down some concrete steps and kicked him until his face was a swollen ball of flesh. He was in the hospital for a week. But the physical scars were minor compared to the emotional ones inflicted by his father, an engineer, rogue, and charismatic fantasist. His father’s impact on his psyche would linger. He developed into a tough yet vulnerable man-child, prone to abrupt Jekyll-and-Hyde mood swings, with an exceedingly high tolerance for risk, a craving for drama, an epic sense of mission, and a maniacal intensity that was callous and at times destructive. At the beginning of 2022—after a year marked by SpaceX launching thirty-one rockets into orbit, Tesla selling a million cars, and him becoming the richest man on earth—Musk spoke ruefully about his compulsion to stir up dramas. “I need to shift my mindset away from being in crisis mode, which it has been for about fourteen years now, or arguably most of my life,” he said. It was a wistful comment, not a New Year’s resolution. Even as he said it, he was secretly buying up shares of Twitter, the world’s ultimate playground. Over the years, whenever he was in a dark place, his mind went back to being bullied on the playground. Now he had the chance to own the playground. For two years, Isaacson shadowed Musk, attended his meetings, walked his factories with him, and spent hours interviewing him, his family, friends, coworkers, and adversaries. The result is the revealing inside story, filled with amazing tales of triumphs and turmoil, that addresses the question: are the demons that drive Musk also what it takes to drive innovation and progress?
Elon Musk is one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs -- the CEO of Tesla, the founder of SpaceX and one of the richest people on the planet. Raised in South Africa, he attended a number of universities, before founding the software company Zip2 in 1995. Just four years later it was bought for $307 million. X.com, the online bank he founded in 1999, merged to form PayPal the following year. His business interests have expanded to include aerospace, artificial intelligence and neurotechnology. This book is a deep dive into his career and how he built his business empire. A fascinating read for aspiring entrepreneurs or anyone looking to build a successful business.
'How did a bullied, introverted Pretoria schoolboy become the world's richest person and arguably humanity's greatest change agent? Vlismas's extensively researched biography does a great job of unwrapping Elon Musk's remarkable life story.'– TOBY SHAPSHAK. Often in the news for his entrepreneurial exploits and his controversial tweets, Elon Musk is one of the richest and best-known people on earth. In 2022 he made headlines worldwide with his bid to buy Twitter. Who is this boundary-pushing billionaire with grand plans of inhabiting Mars, and what lies at the heart of his vision? Why is he so utterly unafraid of risk? As an awkward Pretoria schoolboy who loved comics and science fiction, Musk's early years and singular family background were crucial in forming his stellar ambitions. Journalist and author Michael Vlismas, who attended the same high school as Musk, knows well the environment that shaped him and offers new insights into Musk's development, including his troubled relationship with his father. Tracing his remarkable life, from his South African childhood to his move to Canada at 17 and then to the US – where Musk made millions out of PayPal and built Tesla and SpaceX into two of the world's most famous companies – this is the story of a man driven to preserve the optimism he sees in humanity and find a future for humans 'out there among the stars'.
Elon Musk has created plans for many futuristic enterprises, including a high-speed transportation system in California, solar power for private residences, and a human colony on Mars! He aims to change the way we live on Earth as well as make it possible to sustain life on other planets. Readers will learn about this influential figure in today’s economy—including his early life and the projects he has had a hand in—through accessible text and a biographical timeline. Full-color photographs and inspirational quotes from Musk create an engaging reading experience for fans of technology and business.
Elon Musk is a well-known entrepreneur and business magnate. Born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa, to Maye Musk and Errol Musk, Elon Musk is always in the news, be it for a positive news or a controversy. Being a visionary, he confidently tracks down answers for the problems instead of bemoaning about them. Musk has consistently surpassed people’s expectations in spite of all obstacles. He has been able to rise above mediocrity and achieve greater success in every aspect of his business thanks to his capacity to solve problems of varying degrees of complexity. Overall, he fits the cliched definition of “Love him, hate him, but you cannot ignore him”. He had entered and transformed three different industries and it looks like he is not done yet. Who is Elon Musk? What makes him tick? How he approaches problems and what is his style of working? What can we learn from his successes and failures? All these questions will be answered in this book. This book includes Elon’s and his close associates’ own words and experiences to describe 100 success lessons that are derived from Elon’s life. The readers can easily infuse these lessons into their daily life.