WHO IS ELON MUSK? June 1971 Born in Pretoria, South AfricaMusk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. He is the sonof Maye Musk, a model and dietitian from Canada, and Errol Musk, a South Africanelectromechanical engineer, pilot and sailor. March 1981Interest in Computing His parents divorced whenElon was 10 during this time he really got into computers. At theage of 10, he developed an interest in computing with the Commodore VIC-20and taught himself computer programming.
March 1984Sold his first video game By the age of 12, Musk sold the code of aBASIC-based video game he created called Blastar, to a magazine called PC and OfficeTechnology, for approximately $500. June 1989Moved to Canada At the age of 17, Elon Musk moved toCanada to attend Queen's University, avoiding mandatory service inthe South African military. August 1992University of Pennsylvania Musk left Canada to study business and physicsat the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in economics andstayed for a second bachelor's degree in physics.
February 1995Started Zip2 Musk and his brother, Kimbal, started Zip2,a web software company that developed and marketed an Internet city guide forthe newspaper publishing industry. The company raised money from asmall group of angel investors. February 1999Sold Zip2 to Compaq Compaq acquired Zip2 for US$307 millionin cash and US$34 million in stock options in February 1999. Musk received US$22 millionfor his 7 percent share from the sale. March 1999Cofounded X.com Musk co-founded X.com, a financial servicesand payments company via email. It achieved.
A high level of security without it beingcomplicated for the user to make the transfer. March 2000X.com to PayPal X.com merged with Confinity Inc., asoftware company based in Silicon Valley. Musk was attracted to Confinitybecause of its easy payment system. The merged company changed its name to PayPal. January 2000First Wife Musk married Canadian author Justine Wilsonafter meeting her while attending the University of Queens. They had six children together buttheir first son, Nevada, passed away in infancy. May 2002Founded SpaceX.
Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies, orSpaceX, with US$100 million of his early fortune. SpaceX develops and manufactures space launchvehicles with the goal of eventually building more affordable spacecraft that would make itpossible to one day reach and colonize Mars. October 2002eBay acquired PayPal PayPal was acquired by eBayfor US$1.5 billion in stock, of which Musk won 150 million USD in eBay shares. July 2003Tesla is Founded Engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenningfounded Tesla Motors. Elon Musk came into the project in 2004, leading an investmentround in the Startup with a personal.
Contribution of $70 million. Musk participatedin designing their first electric car, which was a Tesla Roadster sportscar based on the British Lotus Elise. July 2006Cofounded SolarCity Musk provided the initial concept and financialcapital for SolarCity. Co-founded by his cousins Lyndon and Peter Rive, SolarCity developsand sells solar panels and solar roof tiles. May 2012SpaceX Dragon SpaceX's vehicle, Dragon docked withthe International Space Station (ISS), making history as the first commercial company to launch and berth a vehicle tothe International Space Station.
September 2014Tesla Autopilot Tesla Motors announced itsfirst version of AutoPilot. Its system is capable of lane controlwith autonomous steering, braking and speed limit adjustment based on signals imagerecognition. Musk believes that before too long, the software will be good enough that itcan operate without active human oversight. July 2016Neuralink Musk co-founded Neuralink, a neurotechnologyStartup company centred on creating devices that can be implanted in the human brain, withthe eventual purpose of helping human beings merge with software and keep pace withadvancements in artificial intelligence.
May 2016SpaceX makes history After many failed attempts, SpaceX successfullylanded its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea after launching it into space for the first timechanging the economics of spaceflight forever. January 2021World’s richest man Musk is now worth $182.9 billion, whichagain makes him the wealthiest person on the planet. According to Forbes' estimates,the Tesla chief is now just less than $1 billion richer than Bezos, who fallsto the second-richest person in the world. 2025Mars SpaceX intends to land on the Martian surface,starting a project which could colonize Mars in.
40-100 years. Musk has said he’d like to diethere, if possible – though not on impact.