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, Gauteng, South Africa, the son of Maye (née Haldeman), a Canadian-born model, and Errol Musk, a South African-born electromechanical engineer (with whom he has a troubled relationship). … 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 in private education, 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 18th birthday, after obtaining Canadian citizenship through his Canadian-born mother. … Read More


1992 21 Years Old At the age of 19, Musk was accepted into Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario for undergraduate study, and in 1992, after spending two years at Queen's University, Musk transferred to the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) where, at the age of 24, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Penn's College of Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. … Read More
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In 1995, age 24, Musk moved to California to begin a PhD in applied physics 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 US$10 million from the sale of Zip2. … Read More


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In 2001, Musk conceptualised "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 US$100 million of his early fortune, Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, in June 2002. … Read More
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…  Musk led the Series A round of investment in February 2004, joining Tesla's Board of Directors as its Chairman. … Read More
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
To overcome the range limitations of electric cars, Musk said in an interview with All Things Digital in May 2013 that Tesla is "dramatically accelerating" their 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.
In 2014, Musk announced that Tesla Motors will allow its technology patents to be used by anyone in good faith in a bid to entice automobile manufacturers to speed up development of electric cars. "The unfortunate reality is electric car programs (or programs for any vehicle that doesn't burn hydrocarbons) at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent, constituting an average of far less than 1% of their total vehicle sales", Musk said. … Read More
On January 15, 2015 Elon Musk announced via Twitter that he would be building a 5 mile long Hyperloop track most likely in Texas for students and companies to work with. … Read More
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