Personality Check – Elon Musk by Sherral Joseph

He was raised in Pretoria, Africa, born to a South African father and Canadian mother.   He dropped out of Standford University after two days to pursue a business career.   It was very early in his career that he founded X.com, an online bank which merged with Confinity in 2000.  This company had launched Paypal and was subsequently bought by eBay  for $1.5 billion.  He is often the subject of many publicised controversies, one of them being the ‘Tham Luang cave rescue and defamation case. ‘  Who are we talking about?

Who would dare defy local government’s lockdown orders to reopen an assembly plant to restart production? Hereafter, be termed as the world’s richest person.

This week, we look at Elon Musk in our ‘Personality Check’ series. We talk about a few of his innovative adventures and his entry to India

In the year 2018, he was ranked 25th on the Forbes list of ‘ The World’s Most Powerful People.’ And was also ranked joint-first on the Forbes list of the Most Innovative Leader of 2019.   In the first week of January 2021, Musk became the richest person in the world, post the pandemic.

In 2002, Musk founded Spacex, of which he is CEO and lead designer.  SpaceX is an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company. In 2006, he helped create SolarCity, a solar energy services company.   In 2015, he co-founded OpenAI, a non- profit research company that aims to promote friendly artificial intelligence.  In 2016, he co-founded Neuralink, a neurotechnology company focused on developing brain-computer interfaces.  In May 2020, Elon Musk’s SpaceX made history by launching the first crewed mission to space by a private company.  It was the first such mission since 2011 and was a crucial mission as it was sent with a specific purpose of sending humans to space and colonizing Mars.  With innumerable innovations and cutting-edge scientific developments under his radar, Elon Musk has now shifted his interest to India as well

HE generated a lot of interest recently on twitter with two words ‘as promised’  This was in reference to the buzz he created in the Indian Business world when Tesla incorporated a company in Bangalore, Tesla India Motors and Energy Private Ltd – with a paid-up capital of Rs lakh and 3 directors.  Highly known for its electric cars in the US, Tesla has taken a tax-friendly route in India.  All Indian eyes on this baby . We can’t wait to see the impact of this business decision on the Indian economy and world as a whole.

 

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