When it comes to imagining life as a billionaire, most people think of the things that such money would let them buy — yachts, mansions, and cool cars.
Elon Musk isn't like most people.
Only 14 years after making his first millions, Elon Musk is one of the most influential businessmen alive today. He's involved with more industries than your average person has hobbies.
Rather than use the wealth he's attained for leisure, Musk has repeatedly shown that he would prefer to spend his money on turning his passion projects into companies that change the world.Like Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk began programming at an early age. Unlike Facebook's founder, he taught himself — and sold the code for his first video game for $500 at age 12.
That isn't to say education wasn't important for Musk: he earned Bachelors degrees in both business and physics from the University of Pennsylvania before venturing into the world of startups.
He made his first millions when in 1999 when Compaq bought Zip2, a company Musk founded with his brother, in a deal that earned him a cool $22 million.
While his career was ramping up, Musk in 2000 married Justine Musk. The couple went on to have five kids: a set of twins and a set of triplets, all of whom are boys. (Musk is now twice divorced; a second marriage from 2010 to 2012 also fell apart.)
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