Elon Reeve Musk hails from Pretoria which is one of South Africa’s three capital cities. He was brought by hardworking and professional parents, his father was an engineer, while his mother was a model and nutritionist. He is a voracious leader since childhood and liked to read anything ranging from encyclopaedias to comic books. From a very young age, Musk was fascinated with technology. At the age of 10-year-old, he was introduced to programming via the Commodore VIC-20, an inexpensive home computer. In no time he had become an expert to Blastar—a video game in the style of Space Invaders. He went to sell the BASIC code for the game to a magazine called PC and Office Technology for $500
In 1995 he took the world by storm when he along with his younger brother Kimbal at his side, Musk started Zip2, a web software company that would help newspapers develop online city guides. This led to him purchasing Compaq’s AltaVista web search engine for a whopping $340 million. He led to creating X.com, which he intended to shape into the future of banking. Today the company is known as PayPal. Musk was then ousted from the company before it was bought by eBay for $1.5 billion, though he left with $180 million worth in stock..
Post leaving PayPal, Musk turned his attention to an electric-car start-up called Tesla Motors with funding of approx. $70 million. Way back in 2004, Musk joined forces with engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning to take Tesla Motors to the next level. Musk played a crucial role in designing the Tesla Roadster, an electric car. in the next year, Eberhard was removed from the firm and Musk took over management control as CEO and product architect. Under his leadership, Tesla has become one of the world’s most popular and coveted car brands.
There is no denying the Tesla and SpaceX CEO is so rich that his net worth is more than the GDP of several countries. Musk is the richest person in the world, and his net worth is $335 billion. The outspoken tech entrepreneur is ready to sell his Tesla stock and spends $6 billion to end world hunger. This statement has been declared in reply to a tweet made by David Beasley, director of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP).
Director of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), took to social media and wrote, 🔹 2% of @elonmusk’s wealth is $6B 🔹 In 2020 the UN World Food Program (WFP) raised $8.4B. How come it didn’t “solve world hunger”?
Musk was the quick response on the social media and wrote,If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it. But it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent.
Post interacting with an expert, Beasley responded to Musk on Twitter, writing $6 billion will not solve world hunger, “but it WILL prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation. An unprecedented crisis and a perfect storm due to Covid/conflict/climate crises.”
Musk further added Please publish your current & proposed spending in detail so people can see exactly where the money goes. Sunlight is a wonderful thing.”
On the personal front, Musk is very busy with his Mars ambitions — and is working for it. If the UN data does work out for him, we can only expect he’ll actually contribute to the fund.