14 things you didn't know about Elon Musk


Number 14 still leaves us perplexed…

While Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is often in the limelight and enjoys some media attention, there's still a lot we don't know about this space enthusiast. For example, did you know that Elon was born in South Africa? We have listed this fact and some other interesting facts for you.

1. Elon was born in South Africa

  Elon was born to Errol and Maye Musk in Pretoria, South Africa. He moved to Canada at the age of 17 to study at Queen's University.

2. Elon was pretty quiet as a kid.

Elon was so quiet as a child that his parents for a time thought he was deaf. The businessman was quite smart as a child and by the time he was nine he had already read the entirety of the Encyclopædia Britannica – an English-language encyclopedia with over four thousand contributors . He had also learned to code on his own at the age of twelve.

3. Elon was bullied as a child

As a child, Elon was the youngest and smallest boy in his class. He was often pushed around and once even ended up in hospital after being pushed down the stairs by a group of boys. He was often beaten and at the age of fifteen he decided to take up karate, judo and wrestling.

4. Elon no longer has contact with his father

Errol Musk is no longer part of Elon's life. Elon once described him as "a terrible person". At the age of 72, Errol had a son with his girlfriend Jana Bezuidenhout. What bothers the Musk family is that Jana is not only Errol's girlfriend, but also his stepdaughter!

Errol was married to Heide Bezuidenhout in the past. Heide and Errol got married when Jana was four years old. He also has two children from his marriage to Heide: Alexandra 'Ali' Musk and Asha 'Rose' Musk. When Errol informed his daughter Ali that he was expecting a baby with Jana, Ali panicked. She would have called her father crazy and mentally ill.

5. Mother Maye Musk is a model

Maye Musk, 73, is very successful, as is her son. She published the book A Woman Makes a Plan: Advise for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty, and Success and she also works as a model and dietitian. She has graced the cover of health issues of Women's Day and Vogue magazines.