Elon Musk Says "America Is Still The Land Of Opportunity"
Elon Musk credits much of his success to the opportunity that the United States provided.
Elon Musk had always wanted to create green technology and spaceships that could bring humanity further than it ever had been before. These goals led him to create SpaceX in 2002 and Tesla in 2003.
"It always seemed like when there was cool technology or things happening, it was kind of in the United States. So, my goal as a kid was to get to get to America basically," Musk told Kevin Rose in 2012.
Musk is thankful for the opportunities that his emigration to the United States in 1992 brought him. "America is still the land of opportunity more than any other place for sure", he told Bloomberg. Musk tweeted that at the age of 17 he came to North America with "$2,000, a backpack & a suitcase full of books".
"I paid my own way through college- through student loans, scholarships, working jobs - and ended up with $100,000 of student debt. I started my first company (Zip2) with $2,500, and I had one computer and a car that I bought for $1,400, and all that debt". Musk went on to sell Zip2 for $300 million.
After the success of Zip2 he founded X.com which later became PayPal. Musk sold PayPal in 2002 to Ebay for $1.5 billion. From this success he was able to create SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink, and The Boring Company. According to Forbes Musk is worth $36.8 billion.