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Elon Musk is a South African-Canadian business magnate, engineer and CEO of SpaceX, Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and the Boring Company. He also co-founded X.com, which is now known as PayPal.
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Key Facts & Information
Early Life and Interests:
- On June 28, 1971, Elon Reeve Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He was the son of Errol Musk, a pilot and electromechanical engineer and Maye Musk, a dietician from Canada.
- Young Elon spent part of his childhood in South Africa with his siblings, Kimbal and Tosca. When he was 10, he became interested in computers. By the age of 12, he created his first software
- He graduated from Pretoria Boys High School before moving to Canada when he was 17. Elon attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania.
- In May 1997, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. In addition, Musk also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Wharton School of Business.
After a year, at the age of 24, he entered Stanford University for his Ph.D. in applied physics and materials science. He dropped out after two days.
Elon Musk’s Career and Ventures
- In 1995, Elon and his brother Kimbal launched their first company named Zip2 Corporation. It was an online city guide, which soon catered The New York Times and Chicago Tribune. By 1999, they sold it to Compaq Computer Corporation for $307 million in cash and $34 million in stock options. Musk co-founded X.com in 1999. It was an online financial service company that would come to be known as PayPal. He owned 11% of its stock before eBay acquired it in 2002 for $1.5 billion in stock.
- For his third company, Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, also known as SpaceX. He established SpaceX in 2002 to build spacecraft for commercial space tourism.
- By 2008, SpaceX was commissioned by NASA to transport cargo to the International Space Station. On May 22, 2012, Musk made history by being the first private company to send an unmanned capsule, the Falcon 9 rocket with 1 000 tons of supplies, to astronauts.
- Falcon 9 version 1.0 went to space five times from 2010 to March 2013. By September, version 1.1 flew 15 times until January 2016.
- In February 2015, SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 to observe the emissions from the sun that affect communication systems and power on Earth.
- In 2017, the BFR or Big Falcon Rocket design was presented by Musk. According to the plan, it could carry at least 100 people to Mars.
- By February 2018, Musk reached another milestone for SpaceX by launching the Falcon Heavy rocket complete with boosters. It’s designed to carry out immense missions.
- Aside from SpaceX, Musk is also a co-founder and product designer of Tesla Motors. It was founded in 2003 to produce electric cars and battery products, including solar roof tiles.
- By 2008, Musk introduced the Roadster, a sports car charged with lithium-ion batteries. In partnership with Toyota, Tesla Motors released it to the public in 2010.
- In 2013, Motor Trend magazine awarded Tesla Motors’ Model S Car of the Year.
- By August 2016, Tesla Motors Inc. acquired an all-stock deal purchase of SolarCity Corp for $2.6 billion.
Additional Ideas for Innovation and Politics
- In 2013, Musk introduced the concept of the Hyperloop. It is a transportation system that can carry city-to-city passengers in pods through low-pressure tubes. The project is estimated to cost
$6 billion and take up to 10 years to build.
- In 2017, Musk announced his venture on Neuralink, which aimed to expand AI or artificial intelligence by creating a device to be implanted in the human brain.
- Upon the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, Musk joined Trump’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative but he stepped down after the president’s announcement of withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.
- As part of his philanthropic work, he founded the Musk Foundation dedicated to promoting renewable and clean energy sources and space exploration.
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