Elon Reeve Musk, born June 28, 1977, is an entrepreneur and investor.
He is the creator, CEO, and chief engineer of SpaceX; an angel investor, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.
The owner and CEO of Twitter, Inc.; the Boring Company’s founder; the co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI; and the president of the philanthropic Musk Foundation.
As of April 10, 2023, his net worth was estimated to be over $192 billion, owing mostly to his ownership shares in Tesla and SpaceX.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes’ real-time billionaires’ list, Musk is the world’s second-richest person.
Early life and Education
Elon Reeve Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa, one of the country’s main cities.
Musk is of British and Pennsylvania Dutch descent.
Maye Musk, a model and nutritionist from Saskatchewan, Canada, raised in South Africa, is his mother.
Errol Musk, his father, is a South African electromechanical engineer, pilot, sailor, and consultant.
And also a property developer who was a half-owner of an emerald mine in Zambia near Lake Tanganyika.
Kimbal, Musk’s younger brother, and Tosca, Musk’s younger sister, are his siblings.
Musk’s family was wealthy during his youth.
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Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and briefly attended the University of Pretoria before moving to Canada at the age of 18.
Acquiring citizenship through his Canadian-born mother.
Two years later, he enrolled at Queen’s University and transferred to the University of Pennsylvania.
Where he received bachelor’s degrees in economics and physics.
He relocated to California in 1995 to attend Stanford University.
After two days, he dropped out and co-founded the online city guide software company Zip2 with his brother Kimbal.
In 1999, Compaq purchased Zip2 for $307 million, and Musk co-founded X.com, a direct bank.
In 2000, X.com combined with Confinity to establish PayPal, which eBay purchased in 2002 for $1.5 billion.
Musk launched SpaceX, a spaceflight services firm, in 2002 with $175.8 million.
Elon Musk was an early investor in the electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors, Inc. in 2004. (now Tesla, Inc.).
He was appointed chairman and product architect before being named CEO in 2008.
Musk was a founding member of SolarCity, a solar energy startup that was eventually acquired by Tesla and renamed Tesla Energy.
He co-founded OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research organization, in 2015.
He co-founded Neuralink, a neurotechnology business that develops brain-computer interfaces, and the Boring business, a tunnel construction company in 2016.
Musk has also proposed a high-speed vactrain transit system called the Hyperloop.
His $44 billion acquisition of Twitter was finalized in 2022.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the United States sued Musk in 2018 for falsely tweeting that he had secured funds for a private buyout of Tesla.
Musk agreed to step down as Tesla’s chairman and pay a $20 million fine as part of a settlement deal with the SEC.
Musk lived in California from the early 2000s until late 2020, where Tesla and SpaceX were founded.
He went to Texas in 2020, saying that California had become “complacent” about its economic achievements.
Musk revealed he had Asperger syndrome when presenting Saturday Night Live in May 2021.
Musk met his first wife, Canadian Justine Wilson, in 2000 while attending Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.
Their first kid died of sudden infant death syndrome when he was 10 weeks old in 2002.
They had twins in 2004, then triplets in 2006.
In 2008, the couple split and shared custody of their children.
In 2022, one of the twins changed her name to reflect her gender identity and to Wilson as her surname because she no longer wanted to be linked with Musk.
Musk started dating English actress Talulah Riley in 2008.
They married two years later at Dornoch Cathedral in Scotland.
The pair divorced in 2012, only to remarry the following year.
Musk divorced Riley for the second time in 2016, after briefly filing for divorce in 2014.
Elon Musk then dated Amber Heard for several months in 2017.
Musk and Canadian artist Grimes announced their relationship in 2018.
Grimes gave birth to their son in May 2020.
Elon Musk and Grimes had a second child, a daughter named Exa Dark Musk, born via surrogacy in December 2021.
Grimes tweeted in March 2022 that she and Musk had broken up again but were still on good terms.
Source: Wikipedia: Elon Musk