14 Things You Didn’t Know About Elon Musk

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1. He Almost Sold Tesla To Google

His car company Tesla, named after the famed Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist, Nikola Tesla, wasn’t always as successful as Musk would have you believe. Back in 2013, the electric car company was in dire straits.

So much so that Musk reached out to then Google CEO Larry Page about the prospects of him purchasing the ailing company. According to Ashlee Vance’s book “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.” the two men agreed on a sale price of $11 billion, $6 billion for the company, and $5 billion in capital for the factory development. Talks of a buyout cooled, eventually falling apart altogether.

2. He’s a College Dropout

In 1995, he was accepted to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in materials science at Stanford University, but would only last a whole two days. With the internet becoming the next big thing, Elon, along with his brother Kimbal and their friend Greg Kouri, founded Zip2, a company that provided and licensed online city guide software to newspapers.

This would be a decision he would not come to regret as he would sell it to Compaq Computer for a whopping $305 million, pocketing a cool $22 million for himself.

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