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Elon Musk - seventh richest in America

It is quite amazing that somebody who went to Pretoria Boys High School and was born in South Africa is now the seventh richest man in America according to the Forbes 400 Annual List. 

It is also a very sad story for yet another boys’ school in South Africa that is remembered by what is clearly the most successful student ever, as being an unhappy place for him with lots of bullying.  Elon of course did not form Tesla, he took it over and really took it to new heights, and he also has another very successful company, namely SpaceX.  According to Forbes he was worth, at the time of publication, $68 billion or to put that into South African terms R1122 billion, which you could just round off at R1,1 trillion!

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Bronwyn  said:
on Friday 04-Dec-20 09:01 AM
when you put your mind to it, you can become the best version of yourself regardless of how others see you.

Michelle D  said:
on Thursday 03-Dec-20 02:10 PM
Hardship usually builds greatness. Not that I am condoning bullying of any kind. But a lot of the time, the most resilient people are those who have had so face some difficulties throughout their life.

Zandelee  said:
on Thursday 03-Dec-20 08:24 AM
Elon Musk is truly one of the most inspirational people. I will never forget one of his videos where they recorded his reaction when one of his launches was successful and how he ran outside to see it himself and his teams reactions. It always fills me with so much emotion. His saying "when something is important enough you do it even if the odds are not in your favour" This is probably one of my favorite quotes. This man has experienced so much failures with his first few launches and he just never gave up. Its very easy to win, but the hardest thing is to get the courage to stand up after a failure . He never gives up

Lauren   said:
on Thursday 03-Dec-20 08:09 AM
I suppose tough times really could motivate one to do better. His story is truly inspiring.

Tersia  said:
on Wednesday 02-Dec-20 09:48 AM
He definitely showed all those bullies - they probably wish now they were his friends!! It's actually a nice story to inspire a lot of young kids with, bullying are only getting worse and it can really break a person in different ways. It's nice to know he is from our very own Pretoria doing so well.

Helen  said:
on Monday 30-Nov-20 08:32 PM
Very interesting story about Elton Musk, who would knew that this billionaire is South African and studied in Pretoria Boys High School.
Musk spent his childhood with his nose in books and computers, he was ostracized by his schoolmates and regularly beaten up by class bullies, until he became big enough to defend himself after a growth spurt in his teens.
And Today Musk the most successful businessmen!

Prishani  said:
on Monday 30-Nov-20 04:34 PM
I always love reading positive stories like this one, it really doesn't matter where you come from if you want to be successful and work hard anything is possible!

Lourien  said:
on Monday 30-Nov-20 03:40 PM
Its amazing to see how one person could be so successful even when he was being bullied in school. We should stand up for children who are being bullied in school and also assist them to achieve their dreams as its possible to achieve it and it doesn't matter who they are.

brumilde  said:
on Monday 30-Nov-20 03:29 PM
I dont think the school should be blamed, you would be unhappy if kids dont treat you right. Bullying, being a-social. I hated school, but not because of the school itself

Daniella  said:
on Monday 30-Nov-20 10:18 AM
Elon Musk is a true inspiration - its amazing all the things that he has accomplished.

Henrietta  said:
on Thursday 26-Nov-20 08:04 AM
That's amazing and just shows you how bullied people rises. It's almost like being bullied gives you a crocodile skin. Damages were done and will always be there but it does not define you or make you who you are, you can chose to be better. Wonder where those bullies are today and what they made of themself.

Melandre'  said:
on Monday 16-Nov-20 04:15 PM
Truly inspiring story. It is sad that from a young age, people feel threatened by those of a higher intellect and think that by breaking them down, it would place them in a dominant position. However, regardless of the difficulties we face, this just shows that with persistence and hard work you can achieve the best even when others are wishing you the worst.

Chante  said:
on Thursday 12-Nov-20 10:48 AM
Even though he was bullied as a young boy at school .. look at where he is now a very successful man. I believe his bullies look up to him now and aspire to be like him. What I'd do to have money like that.

fikile  said:
on Thursday 12-Nov-20 08:48 AM
It is always the nerds, the bulled kids that normally make it in life and they make it big, and sometimes the bullies also make it but not as big as the kids that they bullied.

Michelle   said:
on Wednesday 11-Nov-20 04:18 PM
He is a role model to many. A brilliant man who has overcome a lot to be where he is today.

Colleen  said:
on Wednesday 11-Nov-20 03:33 PM
I think an important aspect to remember is that you cannot judge a person according to their present circumstances as you never know what that person is going to accomplish in the next 5 to 10 years. Also the fact that it does not matter what hand of cards an individual is dealt - that anything is possible to achieve.

Mathilda  said:
on Wednesday 11-Nov-20 09:10 AM
Amazing! Just shows you that no matter how you grew up or how you were treated, you have the choice on how you want to be when you grow up.
Elon Musk definitely did not let his past divine him and chose to work hard and be a success

Angelique  said:
on Wednesday 11-Nov-20 08:56 AM
My colleague, Zandelee is obsessed with this man. He has certainly done well for himself. I really thought he formed Tesla so it comes at a surprise. It is always a proud moment when you here a South African doing well - puts us on the map :)

Patrick Sedutla  said:
on Wednesday 11-Nov-20 08:51 AM
It will go a long away if he make time come down and motivate the boys at his previous high school. Just to let them know that it can be done.

Dasanya  said:
on Tuesday 10-Nov-20 04:38 PM
It is sad the effect that bullying can have on a person but in the case of Elon, he definitely made a success out of his life regardless of the bullying. This just goes to show that you can do anything you put your mind to!

Kendall  said:
on Tuesday 10-Nov-20 10:31 AM
The people with the biggest insecurities are the ones who feel the need to try drag others down. Elon must be an extremely proud man today from all that he has achieved.

Nicolene  said:
on Monday 09-Nov-20 04:44 PM
Well done, Elon! I am sure it was not the easiest path for you and to be so determined to graduate with kids bullying you and even that bad to be hospitalized amaze me. You’re a legend! And now you can show every bully out there how successful you are! You deserve all the success in the world and even more!

Victoria  said:
on Monday 09-Nov-20 03:10 PM
Wow that is a lot of money but he deserves everything he has achieved because he has worked so hard to get where he is today. Really is an inspiration.

Alexis  said:
on Monday 09-Nov-20 12:22 PM
School and being young is very difficult regardless of wherever you go. It is quite an achievement for him and kudos for doing well in the world

Natasha  said:
on Monday 09-Nov-20 10:37 AM
I hate bullying. I don't understand what bullies get out of bullying other people it is so sad, and see Elon was bullied and today he is the 7th Richest in America. Where is the bully today? I am happy for Elon for not allowing the bullying to bring him down in life but rather give him a boost to succeed.

Tamaryn   said:
on Friday 06-Nov-20 04:49 PM
It's sad to hear so many stories of bullying in schools, even to this day. If only people could peek into the future to see what may become of the people they bully - maybe they'd think twice. Maybe not. I think once a bully always a bully and they tend to turn out worst off in life. Elon got payback- he became successful! I wonder what his bullies made of their lives.

Kayla  said:
on Friday 06-Nov-20 03:04 PM
I think he can be a proud man, to know where he comes from and what he has been through to where he stands today and all that he has achieved. Its true inspiration.

Bianca Niemann   said:
on Friday 06-Nov-20 08:57 AM
Even though he was bullied, he really showed them though, by becoming so extremely successful and known the world over for his work. I cannot imagine having such wealth, I would not know what to do with it!

Claudia B  said:
on Thursday 05-Nov-20 03:13 PM
wow, if you set your mind to it you can do anything, anything is possible.

Lucretia  said:
on Wednesday 04-Nov-20 09:43 AM
It shows you the kind of education that South Africa used to turn out. Going forward with our %'s that are dropping for pass rate purposes, I wonder if we will turn out such students again.

Clare  said:
on Wednesday 04-Nov-20 09:05 AM
This was a nice and positive read today, I like to see success story's and I agree with David "be nice to nerds .They will be your boss." so he is most likely sitting back on his chair say to himself, "Look at me now bullies, who's the boss now".

Ruby  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 11:37 PM
I’ve said the before and I’ll say it again, Elon Musk will be the richest man in the world one day

Ziyanda  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 04:50 PM
I agree with David but you must always be nice to everyone and I applaud him for surviving being bullied and hard work really pays off.

Melissa  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 02:35 PM
He made something of his life, despite from all the bullying. Hard work pays off

Megan  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 12:34 PM
Wow that really is a great success story! Amazing that he is a born South African, kudos to him and his success. Hopefully his success will continue to grow and he can inspire more South Africans.

Sinead  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 12:01 PM
What an inspiration! In my honest opinion - and it's sad to say - but many success stories come from trauma or bad experiences like for example bullying.
Another sad fact is that bullying is something that will never go away.

Danielle Billings  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 11:27 AM
This was very nice to read. Bulling is a very ugly thing this can make you or brake you.

Courtney  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 10:28 AM
A successful person can come from anywhere in the world.
I hate bullies, people who bring other's down has obviously nothing in life that makes them happy! So proud of Elon, anyone can achieve anything.

Roxanne Rautenbach  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 09:51 AM
Its so lifting hear the positivity that comes out of our country, it gives a person a new sense of life and that we can achieve anything we put our minds to.

Marchinique  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 09:37 AM
I think all of us can learn a thing or two from him - to not let people stand in our way and to never give up! This story is very inspiring and shows us that no matter what circumstances we're in - we CAN make the best out of it.

Bianca Taljaard  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 09:22 AM
Love reading these success stories, good for him.

sarah  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 09:19 AM
Kids can really be nasty and I am glad he showed those bullies today. Hard work does pay off. He sould carry on talking about his bully days maybe it can help children that are getting bully today

Ashleigh  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 09:15 AM
Wow that is great. From being bullied to being powerful. Must be a great feeling.

Tayla  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 08:44 AM
I wish we could hear of more success stories like this from South Africa. It is very inspiring.

Melissa van Tellingen  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 08:40 AM
Just shows you that people you don't expect much from in school can become more that you could ever imagine.

david  said:
on Tuesday 03-Nov-20 07:02 AM
be nice to nerds.
they will be your boss.


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