Elon Musk
How much do you know about the entrepreneur, Elon Musk?

Elon Musk Quiz

The outspoken entrepreneur and engineer, Elon Musk, has been back in the news this week. During the rescue of twelve boys from a cave in which they were trapped, back in 2018, he sent a small submarine to help. The boys were rescued, though the sub was not used. Vernon Unsworth, the man in charge of the recue, branded Musk’s actions as “a PR stunt”, prompting Musk to use a derogatory term - which we shan't go into here!

Last week, Mr Unsworth took Musk to court for damaging his reputation. He lost the case because Musk’s words were classed as an insult, rather than an accusation. Which leaves me wondering, can we say whatever we like about people via the internet? It certainly seems so.

Elon Musk certainly courts controversy, but there is no doubting that he has a great mind. How much do you know about the man, his inventions and his businesses? Find out by playing this fun quiz.

1.
In which country was Elon Musk born?
Romania
Canada
South Africa
America
He was born in Pretoria on June 28th 1971. He holds citizenship in South Africa, Canada and the USA, and has Dutch and British roots
2.
Ever resourceful, Musk taught himself computer programming at what age?
8
10
12
14
The computer he used was a Commodore VIC-20 with 20 kilobytes of memory. Today’s computers have around 2 gigabytes – 100,000 times more than Elon’s first!
3.
Aged 12, Musk sold his first computer program for $500. It was a video game called what?
Blastar
Space Invaders
Pacman
Asteroids
Blastar was a very basic game, similar to Space Invaders or Asteroids, but with fewer enemies and little to no sound effects. Not very impressive, until you allow for the fact that it was written by a boy!
4.
Aged 17, Musk left his homeland and moved to Canada. This saved him from what?
Imprisonment
Jury Service
Community Service
National Service
From 1967 until 1994, all white South African males over 17 had to serve at least 9 months in the military. By moving to Canada Musk avoided this
5.
In 1999, Musk founded X.com, which merged with Confinity 2 years later to become which online business?
Google
PayPal
Twitter
Facebook
PayPal was sold for $1.5 billion shortly after its foundation, earning Musk $165 million for his shares in the company
6.
In 1999 Musk bought himself what luxury, for $3.5 million?
An Airbus A380 private jet
An Agusta Bell 206B helicopter
A Westport Cavalino yacht
A Maclaren F1 racing car
He crashed the car and it was written-off. Ironically, it was not insured!
7.
In 2002, Musk founded SpaceX, a company which builds rockets. In 2008, its Falcon 9 became the first privately funded spacecraft to do what?
Dock with the International Space Station
Orbit the Earth
Launch a satellite
Land on the Moon
The success of the Falcon 9 and its Dragon vehicle meant that it was chosen to replace the retiring Space Shuttle
8.
In 2004 Musk became the chairman of a company which manufactures electric cars. It is named after which historical inventor?
Alexander Graham Bell
Thomas Edison
Nikola Tesla
Guglielmo Marconi
Tesla was a Serbian electrical engineer and inventor, responsible for the AC motor, electric lights and radio transmitters and receivers
9.
In 2016, Musk founded another company, dedicated to providing tunnels for transportation. What is this company called?
The Boring Company
The Mole Company
The Tunnel Company
The Drilling Company
The Boring Company has created drills which speed up the process of tunnelling by 1,500%!
10.
Elon Musk is officially the 49th richest person in the world. As of December 2019, his assets are worth how much?
£180 million
£1.8 billion
£18 billion
£180 billion
The richest person in the world is Jeff Bezos, the founder and owner of Amazon, who is worth around £86 billion!
Author:  Graeme Haw

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