Elon Musk became the world’s richest man last week surpassing Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. That’s a remarkable achievement because his net worth has gone up by more than 8 times in last 12-15 months!
I first discovered Elon Musk when I listened to his interview in 2013 with Salman Khan – not the Dabangg one, but founder of KhanAcademy.
I am a big fan of Salman Khan (both!). I have followed growth of Khan Academy from early years and also donated very small amounts a few times. When I see Byju’s and WhiteHat Jr getting insane valuation I really feel irritated that the true agents of change who are doing really great work, like Khan Academy, are still at the mercy of donors.
Anyways, so this interview was when I first listened to Elon Musk’s thoughts and I was very intrigued. I decided to follow his life (though I had basic idea about his career trajectory, including Paypal). It seemed he was a nerd and I was not sure if he was a genius or crazy man. At the same time Amazon’s Jeff Bezos started making it really big. I followed him more closely since 2013. And since he became the world’s richest man in few years he hogged the limelight.
I still followed Elon Musk on Twitter. All his crazy tweets – such as taking Tesla private (“Funding secured”) or recent comment that Tesla stock was overvalued (who calls his own company overvalued?!) continued to baffle me as to whether he was a genius or a crazy man.
And then the year 2020 belonged to him! (and COVID, of course).
Tesla stock skyrocketed and he was constantly in news. Recently he announced setting up a subsidiary in India for launching Tesla in 2021. And he became world’s richest man. So immediately many videos of him emerged on Youtube. One of them is the latest documentary on him. Do watch it to get a good and quick catchup on Elon Musk if you haven’t followed him so far and wish to do so now.
By the way, I am not clear that Elon Musk is a Genius and not a crazy man. And that’s not because he has become the richest person in the world. You’ll agree with me once you see the documentary.