Elon Musk

Elon Musk

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Musk at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2018
Born
Elon Reeve Musk

(1971-06-28) June 28, 1971 (age 49)
Citizenship
  • South Africa (1971–present)
  • Canada (1971–present)
  • United States (2002–present)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania (BS & BA; 1997)
Occupation
  • Entrepreneur
  • industrial designer
  • engineer
Net worthDecrease US$175 billion (As of 11 April 2021)[1]
Title
Spouse(s)
(m. 2000; div. 2008)

(m. 2010; div. 2012)

(m. 2013; div. 2016)
Partner(s)Grimes (2018–present)
Children7[a]
Parents
RelativesTosca Musk (sister)
Kimbal Musk (brother)
Lyndon Rive (cousin)
Signature
Elon Musk

Elon Reeve Musk FRS (/ˈlɒn/ EE-lon; born June 28, 1971) is a business magnate, industrial designer, and engineer.[3] He is the founder, CEO, CTO, and chief designer of SpaceX; early stage investor,[b] CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder of Neuralink; and co-founder and initial co-chairman of OpenAI. A centibillionaire, Musk is one of the richest people in the world.

Musk was born to a Canadian mother and South African father and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. He briefly attended the University of Pretoria before moving to Canada aged 17 to attend Queen's University. He transferred to the University of Pennsylvania two years later, where he received dual bachelor's degrees in economics and physics. He moved to California in 1995 to attend Stanford University but decided instead to pursue a business career, co-founding the web software company Zip2 with his brother Kimbal. The startup was acquired by Compaq for $307 million in 1999. Musk co-founded online bank X.com that same year, which merged with Confinity in 2000 to form the company PayPal and was subsequently bought by eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion.

In 2002, Musk founded SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, of which he is CEO, CTO, and lead designer. In 2004, he joined electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors, Inc. (now Tesla, Inc.) as chairman and product architect, becoming its CEO in 2008. In 2006, he helped create SolarCity, a solar energy services company and current Tesla subsidiary. In 2015, he co-founded OpenAI, a nonprofit research company that promotes friendly artificial intelligence. In 2016, he co-founded Neuralink, a neurotechnology company focused on developing brain–computer interfaces, and founded The Boring Company, a tunnel construction company. Musk has also proposed the Hyperloop, a high-speed vactrain transportation system.

Musk has been the subject of criticism due to unorthodox or unscientific stances and highly publicized controversies. In 2018, he was sued for defamation by a diver who advised in the Tham Luang cave rescue; a California jury ruled in favor of Musk. In the same year, he was sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for falsely tweeting that he had secured funding for a private takeover of Tesla. He settled with the SEC, temporarily stepping down from his chairmanship and accepting limitations on his Twitter usage. Musk has spread misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and has received criticism from experts for his other views on such matters as artificial intelligence and public transport.

  1. ^ "Bloomberg Billionaires Index". Bloomberg. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  2. ^ Petter, Olivia (July 26, 2020). "'There's Not Much I Can Do': Elon Musk Admits Grimes Does Majority Of Childcare For Two-month Old Son". The Independent. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
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  4. ^ LaMonica, Martin (September 2009). "Tesla Motors founders: Now there are five". CNET. Retrieved April 17, 2020. Tesla Motors and co-founder Martin Eberhard announced an agreement over who can claim to be a founder of the company on Monday.
  5. ^ Schwartz, Ariel (September 21, 2009). "Tesla Lawsuit Drama Ends as Five Company Founders Emerge". Fast Company. Retrieved April 14, 2020. Eberhard and Musk have reached a rather unexpected resolution–instead of agreeing to share the title of "founder", the pair has designated five people as company founders, including Musk, Eberhard, JB Straubel, Mark Tarpenning, and Ian Wright.


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