Through the years, Elon Musk gained huge popularity in the media and online. There are also several reports suggesting that the billionaire was actually born into a wealthy family and his father owned an emerald mine.
How did Elon Musk originally get rich?
After graduating, he briefly enrolled for a physics PhD at Stanford University, California before setting up online business directory Zip2 with his younger brother Kimbal in 1995. The pair sold the firm in 1999 for $307 million, with Elon Musk himself receiving $22 million from the deal.