Elon Musk, who earned 500 US dollars at the age of 12 from a computer game, is celebrating his 52nd birthday today. With the long ups and downs of life, he has succeeded in becoming the richest person in the world.
Born in South Africa on June 28, 1971, Musk's success story begins from childhood. In 1984, he sold the code of his first computer game 'Blaster' to the magazine PC and Office Technology for 500 US dollars. The blaster game of Musk, who is also known as a space lover, was related to space.
According to an article published in the biography portal, he made his first game when he realized that if he could make software and sell it, he could make money. He bought a new computer with the money he earned at that time.
Then, in the mid-90s, he developed the 'Zip2' software together with his brother Kimball, which was bought by a company called 'Compaq' in 1999 for 30 billion and 7 million US dollars.
Musk, who understands the importance of money well, launched the online payment company 'X.com' (X.com) a month after selling the software, which is known as PayPal today. At that time eBay was the largest online payment company. Two years after the launch of X.com, eBay bought PayPal for 1.5 billion and merged the services of eBay and PayPal.
Musk, who is moving forward in software work, had only one goal, 'space'. He wanted to make new discoveries in space a matter of attraction among people. After his dream of buying a spaceship did not come true, he decided to build his own spaceship and SpaceX started.
In 2002, the private space exploration company SpaceX was born. Falcon One, the first spacecraft built by the company, succeeded in reaching the Falcon Orbit in the fourth attempt made in September 2008 after three failed attempts to reach the Earth's lower orbit (Orbit).
SpaceX, which had failed in three attempts, had reached a point where it would either be built now, or it would be destroyed forever. At the same time, Musk risked all his wealth and made the fourth attempt to launch a spaceship. This time he was successful. After this success, he never looked back.
This effort made SpaceX today the first such private company in the world, which made its own spacecraft and successfully brought it to the low Earth orbit. Meanwhile, NASA also provided financial support of one billion 600 million US dollars to SpaceX.
SpaceX's 'Falcon 9' reached the Kennedy Space Center with a crew of people. In a journey of about 18 years, SpaceX has evolved from an idea to become a well-known name in the field of space exploration.
His other company Tesla has also contributed to making Musk famous in the world. Musk invested in this company in 2004 when Martin Eberhard and Mark Tarpening were looking for investment to advance this car company that started in 2002.
From that time until today, Tesla has provided many good vehicles to the electric vehicle market. Due to the growing demand for electric vehicles, Tesla has managed to create a good market today. Because of this Tesla, today Musk has become the richest person in the world. His current net worth is over $230 billion.
After receiving the news that he was number one in the list of the richest people in the world for the first time, he wrote on his Twitter, "I will spend half of the money I earn to solve the problems of this earth, and the remaining half of the money will be used to establish a human settlement on Mars if the human settlement on Earth is in crisis." I will."
Currently, Musk is busy with the Starlink Internet project for earthlings. SpaceX plans to place 4200 satellites in low-earth orbit by 2027. It has the ability to provide internet worldwide. According to various reports, four thousand new customers are added to Starlink every day. Currently, the company is said to have 1.5 million active users.
Because of his passion for social media, he bought Twitter on October 27 last year by spending 44 billion dollars. He has been controversial for a long time after purchasing Twitter and has recently resigned from the position of CEO of the platform and is now active as a director.