Elon Musk's mother knew he was a genius when he was three

Elon Musk's mother knew he was a genius when he was three

Maye Musk says her son Elon showed signs of his potential from an early age. 

Elon Musk and Maye Musk
Elon Musk with his mother Maye Instagram

South African-born tech entrepreneur, Elon Musk, was already selling computer games at the age of 12!

The billionaire's mother, Maye Musk, opened up about what it was like raising a genius during an interview on 'CBS This Morning' this week. 

The 72-year-old model, who is also a registered dietician, visited the CBS studios to talk about her book, 'A Woman Makes A Plan' - a play on the Afrikaans phrase, 'n boer maak 'n plan.

Maye told host, Gayle King, that she knew Elon Musk was special when he was just a toddler. 

"At three, I knew he was a genius, but you still don't know if he is going to do great things. Because many geniuses just end up in a basement, being a genius, not applying it.  So, I was so excited when he started Zip2," she said.

Zip2 was a software company that Elon started with his brother Kimbal Musk and Greg Kouri - who would go on to become one of PayPal's first investors - in 1995. 

Maye was one of the company's investors. Her two other children, Kimbal and Tosca, are successful in their own right. 

She often shares picture of her children on Instagram.

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Maye's memoir is available in several major book stores in South Africa. 

Watch her CBS interview below. 

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