Elon Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate. He is also an investor, engineer, and inventor. He is the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX, co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Motors, co-founder, and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI, co-founder of Zip2, and founder of X.com which is merged with PayPal of Confinity. As of June 2016, he has an estimated net worth of US$11.5 billion, making him the 83rd wealthiest person in the world.
Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa. He is the son of Maye Musk, who is a Canadian model and dietitian. His full name is Elon Revee musk. After his parents divorced in 1980, Musk lived mostly with his father in locations in South Africa. Musk’s childhood was quite rough. Musk was severely bullied throughout his childhood. He was also hospitalized once. Because a group of boys threw him down a flight of stairs. Then they beat him until he blacked out. But he survived.
Elon Musk became interested in computing and computer programming at the age of 10. Two years later, he sold the code for a BASIC-based video game called Blastar. He sold it to a magazine called PC and Office Technology for approximately 500US$.
At the age of 19, Musk started his undergraduate study at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1992. After spending two years at Queen’s University, Musk transferred to the University of Pennsylvania. At the age of 24, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from its College of Arts and Sciences. He also got a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from its Wharton School of Business. Musk extended his studies for one year to finish the second bachelor’s degree.
While at the University of Pennsylvania, Elon Musk and fellow Penn student Adeo Ressi rented a 10-bedroom fraternity house. After that, They used it as an unofficial nightclub. In 1995, at age 24, Musk moved to California to begin a Ph.D. in applied physics and materials science at Stanford University. But he left the program after two days to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations in the areas of the Internet, renewable energy, and outer space. In 2002, he became a U.S. citizen.
In 1995, Musk and his brother, Kimbal, started Zip2, a web software company. The company developed and marketed an Internet “city guide” for the newspaper publishing industry. Musk also obtained contracts with The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.
In March 1999, Musk co-founded X.com, an online financial services, and e-mail payment company, with US$10 million from the sale of Zip2. One year later, the company merged with Confinity, which had a money transfer service called PayPal.
- Born: June 28, 1971
- Birth Place: Pretoria, South Africa
- Height: 6′ 2″
- Net worth: 12 billion USD (2017) Forbes
- Education: Stanford University (1995–1995), More
- Spouse: Talulah Riley (m. 2013–2016), Talulah Riley (m. 2010–2012), Justine Musk (m. 2000–2008)
- Children: Xavier Musk, Kai Musk, Griffin Musk, Nevada Alexander Musk, Damian Musk, Saxon Musk