On February 7th, 2017, history was made. On this day, the Falcon Heavy Rocket was launched by SpaceX, and it was a resounding success. At the time this article was written, a Tesla automobile was hurtling towards Mars, attached to the most powerful rocket ever made. What kind of man would come up with such an idea? Definitely the kind of man that only comes around once every few generations. This kind of rare ingenuity and drive is present only in the kind of people who change the Earth's history forever. And Elon Musk is undoubtedly one of those people.
He started off as just another nerd who was bullied in school, and somehow he got to the point where he was dating one of the hottest women on Earth – Amber Heard. How does this happen? How does one man make such a drastic transformation? Looking at him now, you'd never believe he was the same guy he was when founding PayPal. Nowadays, people look up to him. Kids want to be just like him when they grow up. He not only has billions of dollars, but he also has an amazing wardrobe to go along with it. But if you want get to Elon Musk's level one day, you might want to study the path that he took. And we've got it all laid out for you. Here is how Elon Musk transformed his look from nerd to baller CEO.
15 He Was A Nerdy Kid With A Troubled Upbringing
In many ways, Elon Musk had the typical upbringing and childhood experience of a genius. Like many other children who exhibit above-average intelligence early on in life, he was bullied relentlessly. And this was far from just the average name-calling and pushing. According to rumors, Elon Musk was actually beaten up quite badly at school, and at one point he had his head smashed into the ground so many times that he completely passed out.
When you're a child, you show your true self. And at school, Elon Musk was known as a "know-it-all." That hardly excuses the terrible treatment he received, but it does give you some insight into Elon Musk's true personality. He wanted to prove to the other children that he was more intelligent, and in many ways that was just asking for trouble. This is where it all began – another nerdy kid that had a troubled upbringing. He had your typical nerdy look, from the mushroom cut haircut to the "uncool" clothes.
14 His Geek Chic Look Was A Little Boring
While Elon Musk first went to school in South Africa, he was offered a fresh start at life at the age of 17, when he moved to Canada. He did this to avoid being drafted into the South African army, who at the time was primarily occupied with enforcing the controversial apartheid. In Canada there were many opportunities for a bright young man like him, and this is the moment when he really started to excel. It all started when he went to college.
He went to Queen's University in Ontario, and it was there that he met his first wife. More on that later. After two years in Canada, he transferred to the University of Philadelphia. This was the moment that Elon Musk first started to leave his nerdy past behind. He bought a ten room fraternity house and turned it into a nightclub where he first started to party and get a little wild. Here he was still rocking the geek chic look, which made him blend in with the crowd rather than stand out.
13 His Love Of Plaid Button-Up Shirts Started A Long Time Ago
Those who know anything about Elon Musk know that he got his start in computers. This was hardly something he discovered after going to university. At the age of just ten he was getting involved in coding, and it wasn't long after that he created his own video game. But for many years, Elon Musk focused entirely on academics of a different nature, such as physics and economics. He graduated from University of Philadelphia with degrees in both subjects.
But just before Elon Musk was about to jump headfirst into his doctorate at the University of California, he had a change of heart. Instead of getting his PhD in Applied Physics, he dropped out of school after two days and started to get heavily into computers. He teamed up with his younger brother, Kimbal, and started a company called Zip2, which created online city guides. Here we see that Elon Musk, while certainly a good looking guy, did not really know how to dress himself in the most flattering way possible. We can also see one of Elon's favorite pieces, the plaid button-up shirt, which he still wears to this day.
12 He Was Clearly More Focused On Founding PayPal Than On His Fashion Style
Zip2 was just Elon Musk's first foray into online business, and his true entrepreneurial breakthrough came when he started to dabble in online money transferring services. In this photo, you can see Elon Musk posing with none other than Peter Thiel, who is now also a billionaire (although he's nowhere near Elon Musk's wealth). As you can see, at the turn of the millennium, Elon Musk looked quite different than he does today. He is clearly balding, and does not have the self-assured demeanor that he has today. His boring purple button-up is one we would never catch him wearing today.
PayPal started when Elon Musk co-founded the domain X.com, which later merged with a company called Confinity, which had already developed PayPal. Elon Musk was one of the key figures that decided to focus entirely on PayPal, and it became huge. When eBay eventually bought PayPal for over 1 billion dollars, Elon Musk became a multi-millionaire.
11 His Look Needs A Bit Of An Upgrade
Elon Musk's first wife was his university sweetheart who he had met while going to Queen's University. Her name was Justine, and she was a Canadian aspiring writer when he met her. It was the first time Elon Musk tried to pursue a long-term relationship with a woman. But Justine sees herself as a "starter wife," someone who Elon never intended to be with. Who knows what's true and what's not.
Justine herself describes the relationship as follows: "Although I'd been dating a struggling 20-something entrepreneur, I was now engaged to a wealthy one. Elon had sold Zip2, which partnered with newspapers to help them get online, in 1999, the year before, and was worth about $20 million overnight. He bought and renovated an 1,800-square-foot condo: We now had a place of our own. He also bought a million-dollar sports car — a McLaren F1 — and a small plane. Our day-to-day routine remained the same (except for the addition of flying lessons), and Elon's wealth seemed abstract and unreal, a string of zeros that existed in some strange space of its own." Here we can see how he looked before his transformation that followed his huge increase in wealth. His look is plain and definitely needs an upgrade.
10 Rocking A Stellar Tux With His Model Ex-Wife
Elon Musk divorced Justine and 6 weeks later, he was engaged to a beautiful 20-something model and actress, Talulah Riley. This relationship went very well, although it also ended in divorce. It was the very definition of an "on and off" relationship, as the two broke up, filed for divorce and then reconciled multiple times. Here we can see how his look changed drastically after dating a Hollywood actress. This sharp tuxedo is completely unlike anything we have seen him in before. According to Talulah, they still might get back together:
“I mean, never say never. Marriage is a social construct, but I still believe in it. Elon and I are best friends. We still see each other all the time and take care of each other. If this could continue indefinitely it would be lovely. When you’ve been with someone for eight years on and off, you really learn how to love them. He and I are very good at loving each other.”
9 His Love Of Pairing Plaid Shirts With Slick Velvet Blazers
Elon Musk's transition from PayPal to space technology was remarkably smooth. Before PayPal was even sold, Elon Musk had already founded the now famous company, SpaceX. From the very beginning, the goal of SpaceX was to create a colony on Mars, but to do this they needed rockets. After trying (and failing) to obtain decommissioned ICBMs from Russia, he realized that he could create his own rockets cheaply with the right raw materials. Fast forward to today, and you have the momentous launch of the Falcon Heavy Rocket – the most powerful rocket in the world.
When this article was written, the Falcon Heavy Rocket was launched, and was currently heading towards Mars. Before the launch, Elon Musk was giddy, stating, "The weather's looking good, the rocket's looking good, so it should be an exciting day. We finally have a major advancement in rocketry. I'm not sure whether this will be lost on people, whether they'll appreciate it. I hope they do, because the era of the very large rocket went away with Saturn 5 and with the space shuttle." Now that Elon Musk is one of the most successful men in the world, he needs a wardrobe to reflect that. This simple but classic combination of plaid shirt with a great velvet blazer proves how small upgrades to one's personal style can make a big difference.
8 Mixing Patterns In This Cute Family Photo
A constant struggle of Elon Musk has been balancing family and his career. Being an entrepreneur and a father at the same time is not easy, especially when you have five children. All five children are from his marriage with Justine, and all five are boys. Not only that, but two are twins, and three are triplets, and they were all born via in-vitro fertilization. When he divorced Justine, they shared custody of their children, meaning that his new wife, Talulah Riley, ending up playing a major part in raising his children. Here he is seen with Talulah and his children, and he has expertly matched purple patterns by pairing a button-up checked shirt with a plaid blazer.
Divorcing not one but two of his wives must have been hard for his children. And there is also the sense that Elon Musk does not see his family as a priority. During a Ted Talk, he famously admitted that while he interacted with his children, he would usually send emails at the same time. There is also the rumor that he berated an employee for missing a company event because he wanted to witness the birth of his child.
7 Looking Cool In A Tesla T-Shirt And Windbreaker
Elon Musk's next project was something very close to home, and something that Elon Musk loves – cars. Tesla was already a functioning company when Elon Musk came around. But when the 2008 financial crisis happened, Musk took a much more active role in the company, and started molding it to his whim. Fast forward today, and Tesla cars are considered some of the coolest cars in the world. Here he is seen promoting his company in this Tesla t-shirt and matching windbreaker. It is hard to believe this is the same person that was bullied in school.
Explaining the ethos behind Tesla, Musk stated, "We really wanted to break the mould, to show that electric cars aren't just glorified milk floats," says Musk. "This is the fastest accelerating four-door production car in the world. That's one hell of a milk float. This is a halo car for Tesla [...] We wanted to position it as the fastest in order to change the public mindset. It had to be something dramatic. And getting those few extra 10ths of a second was hard."
6 He Loves A Classic Well-Cut Suit
For all of Elon Musk's successes, there have been many failures. And we're not talking small things either. We're talking giant, massive, and complete failures. Honestly, there were times when Elon Musk was completely broke and it seemed like his grand plan for the future was completely doomed.
In 2010, Elon admitted during a divorce proceeding, "About four months ago, I ran out of cash. I could have either done a rushed private stock sale or borrowed money from friends."
Speaking about SpaceX's rocky past recently, Elon also admitted, "I messed up the first three launches. The first three launches failed. And fortunately the fourth launch, which was, that was the last money that we had for Falcon 1. That fourth launch worked. Or it would have been — that would have been it for SpaceX. But fate liked us that day. So, the fourth launch worked."And in addition, it's pretty well known that Tesla is still not turning a profit. Regardless, Elon dresses for success in impeccable tailored suits.
5 This Sharp Velvet Blazer Is Definitely Baller
We've seen Elon Musk get involved in some pretty interesting things in the past. He's committed to exploring space. He's also passionate about bringing us some of the coolest cars ever made. But perhaps his most interesting project was designed not to explore roads or even the stars, but a very different kind of frontier - the human brain. Neuralink is one of Elon Musk's most innovative ventures, and might actually prove to have the greatest impact on the human race. Here he is seen discussing Neuralink dressed in an amazing velvet blazer that looks expensive and perfectly tailored – the perfect outfit for the CEO and inventor.
Neuralink's goal is to change the way human being think. And in order to do that, Elon Musk is exploring a very drastic change to our brains – full integration with computers. Yes, that means he wants to start putting computers inside people's brains. Why is he so interested in this? Rumor has it that Elon is very paranoid about the advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and sees humanity merging with machines as the only way to protect ourselves from one day being conquered by advanced AI systems.
4 Looking Sharp On His Night Out With Amber
By now you've seen the amazing transformation Elon Musk has gone through, from nerdy kid at school to one of the most interesting men in the world. And the high point of Elon Musk's life might very well have been his romance with Amber Heard. Known by many as the hottest woman on Earth, Amber started dating Elon after she divorced Johnny Depp. One of the most interesting things about Elon Musk is his drive for companionship. It might even be one of the things that has pushed him towards success for all these years.
Speaking about his need for love, Elon Musk admitted, "If I'm not in love, if I'm not with a long-term companion, I cannot be happy. I will never be happy without having someone. Going to sleep alone kills me. It's not like I don't know what that feels like: Being in a big empty house, and the footsteps echoing through the hallway, no one there – and no one on the pillow next to you. How do you make yourself happy in a situation like that?" Finding a girlfriend as beautiful and accomplished as Amber Heard must have been easy for Elon, especially with his sharp new wardrobe. Here he is on a date with the stunner, looking excellent in a simple look.
3 Strolling With Amber In A Simple Black Tee And Fade Haircut
Sadly, this relationship was very similar to Elon Musk's past romances – it failed. After only a year of dating, Amber Heard and Elon Musk split up, and the public reason they gave for their breakup was scheduling conflicts. This makes sense if you think about it. As an actress, Amber Heard would have been traveling all over the world, and Elon Musk would have been very busy with his various business ventures. But some people think there was more to this story than meets the eye. Here the two are photographed together on a date, and Elon Musk is no slouch next to the radiant Amber in a simple but effective casual look.
Amber Heard said the following after the breakup: "Being in the public eye means having to explain yourself to so many people, so much of the time. In this case, I'd like to remain more quiet. Although we have broken up, Elon and I care deeply for one another and remain close. Thank you for the continued support, respect, and privacy during these difficult, very human times."
2 Wearing A Slick Leather Jacket While On A Date With Amber
Some say that Elon Musk broke up with Amber Heard because he had heard disturbing stories about her. Rumor has it that he heard that Amber can be very manipulative, and so he decided to break it off while he had the chance. Whether or not there is any truth to these rumors remains to be seen, but the relationship definitely ended abruptly.
Publicly at least, Elon Musk seemed devastated, saying, "I just broke up with my girlfriend. I was really in love, and it hurt bad. Well, she broke up with me more than I broke up with her, I think [...] I've been in severe emotional pain for the last few weeks. Severe. It took every ounce of will to be able to do the Model 3 event and not look like the most depressed guy around. For most of that day, I was morbid." It's very sad to hear about Elon's heartbreak, but with his intelligence, success, and amazing wardrobe, we don't doubt he will find a new girlfriend very easily.
1 Looking Like A Boss In This Tailored Suit While Holding A Flamethrower
Since breaking up with Amber Heard, Elon Musk definitely hasn't slowed down. In fact, he seems more willing than ever to try new things and be that shocking entrepreneur that we all love so much. His newest venture? Flamethrowers. You probably heard about this – you might even have been one of the thousands of people who bought one of Elon Musk's legal and consumer-friendly flamethrowers. Once again, Elon Musk shows himself to be a man of action, and definitely the opposite of a nerd. Because it takes a pretty awesome dude to say, "Let's sell the people flamethrowers." With this new venture, his transformation from nerd to baller is complete. This photo of him in an amazing grey suit simply seals the deal.
When he first announced the flamethrower sale, he posted a picture of him holding one with the caption: “Don’t do this. Also, I want to be clear that a flamethrower is a super terrible idea. Definitely don’t buy one. Unless you like fun.” Ha!
sources: wikipedia.org, businessinsider.com, dailymail.co.uk