Yesterday (Wednesday 4 March), Elon Musk‘s mother, Maye Musk tweeted her son’s 1989 computer aptitude test results from the University of Pretoria.
Elon took the test at 17 year’s old (almost 3 decades ago) when he was a first-year student at the University. Musk scored a perfect A+ for both programming and operating a computer.
Maye Musk recalls her billionaire son had to retake the test to confirm his outstanding results. Elon’s keen interest in computing started at a young age. When Elon was only 12 he created and sold a simple game called Blastar to a computer magazine.
A Brief History of Elon Musk
After briefly attending the University of Pretoria, Musk left South Africa and moved to Canada with his family, where he studied for two years at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
He didn’t finish his qualification there, instead, he moved on to the University of Pennsylvania, where he finished two degrees, one in physics and one in economics.
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Musk then enrolled for a PhD at Stanford University but quit after only two days to start a company with his brother Kimbal, called Zip2. The company, which provided city travel guides to newspapers, was bought in a deal worth $341 million.
In 1999 Elon used some of his $22 million earnings from the Zip2 deal to start an online banking company called X.com, which would soon merge with another company and go on to become the popular payment service known today as PayPal. Musk would eventually earn $165 million from eBay’s $1.5 billion takeover deal of PayPal.
In 2002, Musk founded SpaceX and two years later, he started to invest in the electric car company Tesla Motors, which would eventually see him become one of the richest people on Earth.
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