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“I Do Think of Him as the Terminator” – Elon Musk’s Ex-wife

Elon MuskThe Washington Post has selected 22 of the most memorable quotes from Ashlee Vance’s book Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping Our Future.

The South African-born entrepreneur and innovator is the man behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla and SolarCity. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man films starring Robert Downey Jr.

But during his school years at Bryanston High School Musk, a freakishly bright child, was brutally bullied, and abused by his father. Musk managed to thrive academically despite this and later attended the University of Pennsylvania.

The 22 selected quotes indicate just how determined a personality Musk is:

1. “I do think of him as the Terminator. He locks his gaze on to something and says, ‘It shall be mine.’ Bit by bit, he won me over.” — Justine Musk, Elon’s ex-wife

2. “We’re all hanging out in this cabana at the Hard Rock Cafe, and Elon is there reading some obscure Soviet rocket manual that was all moldy and looked like it had been bought on eBay.” — Kevin Hartz, an early PayPal investor, describing an outing in Las Vegas that was intended as a time to celebrate the company’s success.

3. “He’s kind of homeless, which I think is sort of funny. He’ll e-mail and say, ‘I don’t know where to stay tonight. Can I come over?’ I haven’t given him a key or anything yet.” — Google chief executive Larry Page on Elon Musk, who owns a home in Los Angeles but doesn’t have a place in Silicon Valley, which he visits weekly for his work at Tesla.

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