- The world's richest person, Elon Musk shared a memory under a post of himself fixing a car in 19995
- According to Musk, he had bought the replacement part needed for his car from a junkyard
- While many people enjoyed the inspiring pic, others brought up the emerald mine Musk's father used to own
South African-born billionaire Elon Musk just recently surpassed Amazon's Jeff Bezos to be named the world's richest person. Now, people are looking at Musk's background and how he supposedly went from rags to riches.
A Twitter account that goes by @PPathole shared an image of Musk in 1995 fixing his car on his own. Musk responded to the tweet by saying he paid $20 (R310) for the replacement part needed from a junkyard.
While many tweeps found this story to be quite inspiring, others brought up the fact that Musk's father, Errol, once owned an emerald mine in Zambia so he couldn't have grown up all that poor.
Take a look at the tweet and Musk's response below:
Below are some of the responses from tweeps:
@1StaceyRoberts shared about Musk's mother:
"The beautiful @mayemusk shared the photograph, saying it was from 1995. The younger Musk turned 24 that year and was about nine years away from co-founding @Tesla."
"I adore people who made themselves. Studying, sacrifice, perseverance and patience."
"Oh my, you couldn’t really tell what the future brings. Your example makes me strong and gives me hope for the future. You’re just like us, ordinary, maybe in the lower class once and now the richest man in the world. Bravo! God is really good."
"And within a few short years after that, you turned the car industry upside down by manufacturing the best electric driven vehicles in the planet. Amazing! (If only I can afford one of those beauties)."
In other Musk news, Briefly.co.za previously reported on the billionaire after he beat Bezos to become the richest person on earth. What made that possible was a 4.8% share price increase of Tesla Inc on Thursday, 7 January which secured Musk's first place among the world’s 500 richest people, Bloomberg reports.
As of 10:15am, the co-owner of the electronic car company was worth $188.5 billion as he made a gain of $1.5 billion over the Amazon chief.
Recall that the businessman was projected to soon become the richest person in the world as he trailed Bezos after his nett worth soared to $184.5 billion.
It was gathered that Tesla's stock price jumped 4.9% on Wednesday, 6 January, making it possible for Musk to trail Bezos by $3 billion.
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