Elon Musk

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Elon Musk {verified}
Born Elon Reeve Musk
June 28, 1971
Pretoria, South Africa
Citizenship South Africa (1971–present), Canada (1989–present), United States (2002–present)
Alma mater Queen's University, University of Pennsylvania (BS, BA)
Occupation Entrepreneur, industrial designer, engineer
Known for Co-founder of PayPal, SpaceX, co-founder and CEO of Tesla, Inc., founder of The Boring Company, co-founder of Neuralink, and OpenAI
Net worth US$ (as of January 2022)
Spouse Justine Wilson (divorced), Talulah Riley (divorced), Grimes (partner)
Children 7
Parents Errol Musk (father), Maye Musk (mother)

Elon Musk (born Elon Reeve Musk; June 28, 1971) is a South African-born entrepreneur, industrial designer, and engineer. He is known for his visionary work in various industries, including aerospace, automotive, and renewable energy.[1]

Early life and education

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa. He showed an early interest in computers and technology, teaching himself programming at a young age. Musk attended various schools in South Africa and later moved to Canada to pursue higher education.[2]


PayPal and early ventures

Musk's entrepreneurial journey gained significant momentum when he co-founded X.com in 1999, an online payment company that would later become PayPal. PayPal revolutionized online transactions and became a global leader in electronic payments. In 2002, eBay acquired PayPal for $1.5 billion.[3]


In 2002, Elon Musk founded SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transportation company. SpaceX aims to reduce the cost of space exploration and make human colonization of Mars a reality. The company has successfully launched numerous rockets, including the Falcon 1, Falcon 9, and Falcon Heavy, and has made significant advancements in reusable rocket technology.[4]

Tesla, Inc.

Elon Musk became involved with Tesla, Inc., an electric vehicle and clean energy company, in 2004. He played a crucial role in transforming Tesla into a leading automaker, focusing on sustainable transportation and energy solutions. Under Musk's leadership, Tesla introduced innovative electric car models, such as the Roadster, Model S, Model 3, and Model X, and has been at the forefront of advancing electric vehicle technology.[5]

Other ventures

In addition to SpaceX and Tesla, Musk has been involved in various ventures, including SolarCity (now part of Tesla), Neuralink (a neurotechnology company), and The Boring Company (focused on tunnel construction and infrastructure). He has also expressed interest in high-speed transportation systems, such as the Hyperloop.[6][7][8]

Visionary goals

Elon Musk is known for his ambitious goals and visionary thinking. He has consistently advocated for the advancement of sustainable technologies, human colonization of Mars, and the need to address climate change. His work reflects a strong belief in the power of innovation to shape a better future for humanity.[9]

Personal life

Elon Musk has been married several times and has children from his previous relationships. He is known for his active presence on social media, where he engages with his followers and shares updates on his ventures. Musk has faced both admiration and criticism for his outspoken nature and unconventional approaches.[10]


Elon Musk is involved in philanthropic endeavors and has pledged significant donations to various causes. In 2020, he announced a $100 million prize for the best carbon capture technology and has donated to organizations working on renewable energy and research initiatives.

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