This is Elon Musk in 1995, fixing his car by himself because he couldn’t afford to pay for repairs
Today, Elon Musk is the world’s richest person with a net worth of more than $185 billion, surpassing Jeff Bezos. His journey to riches was not always a smooth one. In our last year’s story titled, “10 things you probably didn’t know about Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk,” Musk overcame many obstacles, failures, and adversity to get to where he is today.
You can read about some of Elon Musk’s failures and how he almost sold his Tesla electric car company to Google after he hit the rock. Some of his failures have been so catastrophic that just one of them could have been the end of his career. At one point, Musk was fired as PayPal’s CEO while he was on holiday with his family.
Looking back into his life, Pranay Pathole at Evolved Hydrogen, shared a photo of Musk back in 1995. In the picture, you can see Musk trying to fix the door of his car all by himself. Pranay wrote: “@elonmusk in 1995, fixing his car by himself as he couldn’t afford to pay for repairs.”
I bought the replacement glass from a junkyard for $20. They’re great places to get spare parts.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2021
In response, Musk said he “bought the replacement glass from a junkyard for $20. They’re great places to get spare parts.”
Fast forward 26 years later, Musk now owns the most successful car company in the world. Tesla is now worth more than the 9 largest automakers combined, including Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, GM, Ford, Honda, Fiat Chrysler, and Peugeot.
In 2020 alone, Tesla’s stock rose by 696 percent, making Tesla the most valuable car company in the world. Tesla’s market capitalization increased by more than $500 billion in 2020. Today is valued at over $785 billion at the time of writing.
Below is a video of the incredible journey of Elon Musk and the story of Tesla.