Elon Musk

South African-born Canadian-american Billionaire Businessman/executive + Aerospace Engineer/designer + Inventor + Investor + Computer Scientist and Space Advocate
Born Jun 28, 1971

Elon Musk is a South African engineer and entrepreneur best known for co-founding PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. He is currently the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. Musk is best known for having created the first viable production electric car of the modern era (Tesla Roadster), for designing a private successor to the Space Shuttle (F9/Dragon) and creating the world's largest Internet payment system (PayPal).… Read More

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1971 Birth Musk was born June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa, the son of Maye (née Haldeman), a model and dietician from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; and Errol Musk, a South African-born electromechanical engineer. … Read More
1980 9 Years Old After his parents divorced in 1980, Musk lived mostly with his father in locations in South Africa. … Read More


1989 18 Years Old Musk was initially educated at private schools, attending the English-speaking Waterkloof House Preparatory School. Musk later graduated from Pretoria Boys High School and moved to Canada in June 1989, just before his 18thbirthday, after obtaining Canadian citizenship through his Canadian-born mother. … Read More


1992 21 Years Old In 1992, after spending two years at Queen's University, Musk transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where, at the age of 24, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from its College of Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from its Wharton School of Business. … Read More
1995 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, at age 24, Musk moved to California to begin a PhD in applied physics and materials science at Stanford University, but left the program after two days to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations in the areas of the Internet, renewable energy and outer space. … Read More
1999 28 Years Old In March 1999, Musk co-founded, an online financial services and e-mail payment company, with from the sale of Zip2. … Read More
2000 29 Years Old Musk was ousted in October 2000 from his role as CEO (although he remained on the board) due to disagreements with other company leadership, notably over his desire to move PayPal's Unix-based infrastructure to Microsoft Windows. … Read More


2001 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, Musk conceptualized "Mars Oasis"; a project to land a miniature experimental greenhouse on Mars, containing food crops growing on Martian regolith, in an attempt to regain public interest in space exploration.
2002 31 Years Old With of his early fortune, Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, in June 2002. … Read More
2004 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Both men played active roles in the company's early development prior to Elon Musk's involvement. Musk led the Series A round of investment in February 2004, joining Tesla's board of directors as its chairman. … Read More
2008 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Following the financial crisis in 2008, Musk assumed leadership of the company as CEO and product architect, positions he still holds today. … Read More


2012 41 Years Old In January 2012, Musk announced that he had recently ended his four-year relationship with Riley, tweeting to Riley, "It was an amazing four years. … Read More
2013 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In a May 2013 interview with All Things Digital, Musk said that to overcome the range limitations of electric cars, Tesla is "dramatically accelerating" its network of supercharger stations, tripling the number on the East and West coasts of the U.S. that June, with plans for more expansion across North America, including Canada, throughout the year.
As of 2014, Musk's annual salary is one dollar. … Read More
In 2015, Musk's statements came under further scrutiny after an LA Times article claimed that SpaceX, Tesla Motors and SolarCity had or was projected to receive together an estimated in government subsidies. … Read More
As of January 29, 2016, Musk owns about 28.9 million Tesla shares, which equates to about 22% of the company.
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