|Elon Musk is a well-known Canadian American business magnate, engineer, industrial designer, aerospace engineer, inventor, and film producer born in South Africa. Elon has founded SpaceX, and currently, he's the chief designer, CTO, and CEO of this company. Moreover, Elon is an early investor, CEO as well as product architect of Tesla.|
Forbes ranked him number 25 on their list of the most influential people in the world in 2020. Currently, this man is the wealthiest person on the planet. Moreover, Elon is the founder of X.com, now become part of PayPal, The Boring Company, and he founded ZIP2, OpenAI, and Neuralink. However, Elon has been the subject of criticism because of unscientific or unorthodox stances.
His full name is Elon Reeve Musk, but it's also known as Musk. He was born June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. His height is six feet two inches tall or 1.88 meters. The star sign of Elan Musk is cancer, and he's been inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame as well as the International Space Hall of Fame. In addition, he has a habit of reading science fiction novels for at least 10 hours each day. Elon made a guest appearance himself on the hit sitcom The Simpsons in 2015. This episode is called the Musk Who Fell to Earth. Moreover, he's also appeared in an episode of The Big Bang Theory. In 2019, this business person co-hosted PewDiePie's popular meme review.
Elon is also the Chairman of Musk Foundation, which provides solar power energy systems and disaster areas. Moreover, this thriving business person is also a trustee of the XPrize Foundation. Musk has donated $1 million toward the construction of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe. He's been a top donor for the ACLU. Finally, this man has spoken about the potential dangers of AI. Elon calls it the most severe threat to the survival of humans.
When Elon was attending Queen's University, he met the Canadian author Justine Wilson. The couple got married in 2000. Then in 2008, they separated. Although Elon and Justine had a son, the child died due to sudden infant death syndrome when he was only ten weeks old. Later, Elon and Wilson had five sons through in vitro fertilization. In 2008, he started dating the famous English actress Talulah Riley, and two years married her; they separated in 2012. However, the couple remarried in 2013, and Musk again filed for divorce in 2014. Their divorce was finalized in 2016. And 2018, Elon revealed that he was dating Canadian musician Grimes in May 2018. They welcomed a baby named X AE A-XII" Musk in May 2020. He's the son of Maye Musk and Errol Musk. His mother was born in Canada and was a dietitian and model.
On the other hand, his father was a South African property developer, sailor, pilot, and electromechanical engineer. Elon's younger brother Kimball was born in 1972. And his younger sister Tosca was born in 1974.
Tosca is the CEO of passion flips.
Joshua Haldeman was the maternal grandfather of Elon. He was an American-born Canadian. His parents divorced back in the year 1980, and Elon initially lived with his mother. However, he went to live with his father in 1982. Elon has described his father as a terrible human, and he also has a half-brother and half-sister on his father's side. Elon became interested in computing when he was ten years old and learned computer programming. He sold the code for a basic game for $500 at the age of 12. Elon went to Waterkloof House Preparatory School and later attended Brian's in High School. The businessperson graduated from Pretoria Boys High School in high school and enrolled in the University of Pretoria. In 1989, Elon enrolled in Queens University and left in 1992. Then he started studying physics and economics at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1997. In 1995, Elon moved to California and attended Stanford for a Ph.D. in Applied Physics. However, he quit his studies to pursue his interest in technology and entrepreneurship.
Kimbal and Elon founded ZIP2, which was an online city guide. They sold it to Compaq for $307 million in 1999. During the same year, Elon co-founded x.com, which later acquired PayPal. PayPal became a successful company, and Elon sold his stock to eBay for $165 million. Then in 2002, he invested in Space Exploration Technologies, also called SpaceX. This company was well established by 2008, and Elon, his next venture, was Tesla Motors. In 2004, Elon became the chairman of Tesla, and in 2016, Tesla acquired Solar City. In 2012, SpaceX launched its Falcon nine rocket into space. In 2013, Elon unveiled the concept for a high-speed transportation system known as Hyperloop. According to Elon, it can take seven to 10 years to build, test, and make Hyperloop ready to use. Elon announced in 2017 that the first successful test run of Hyperloop was done in Nevada.
Elon receives no salary as the CEO of Tesla. However, he has a bonus plan tied to the market cap of Tesla. So when the company reached a market cap of $100 billion and held that value for at least six months, the CEO would receive a bonus of around $600 million. There are 12 similar milestones based on $50 billion market cap increases.
Moreover, Elon owns 54% of SpaceX and 22% of Tesla. Back in 1999, he earned $22 million from the sale of ZIP2. Then in 2002, he earned $165 million from the sale of Pay Pal. Elon Musk's total net worth in 2020 was $185 billion. Previously, this business magnate owned 100 million dollars worth of real estate in California. The lawn has a villa in Hillsborough that sits on around 50 acres and covers 16,000 square feet. Elon purchased it in 2017 for $23 million. At one time, Musk had six houses in Bel Air, including a 20,000 square foot house, which he purchased in 2012 for $17 million. In 2015, Elon bought another Bel Air house for $20 million that covered 7000 square feet. Last year, Elon announced that he would sell all of his worldly possessions, and he started selling off his houses. Last month, Elon sold four homes at once to a single purchaser.
Elon musk owns and has owned some cars:
- Ford Model T
- 1867 Jaguar series one e type roadster
- BMW 320i
- Hamann BMW M5
- Lotus Esprit
- Audi Q7
- Porsche 911
- McLaren F1
- Tesla Model S
- Tesla Model X
- Tesla Model 3
- Tesla Roadster
- Tesla Model Y
- Tesla Pickup Truck
Elon also owns a Russian fighter jet called Aero l 39 albatross.