Elon Reeve Musk, better known as Elon Musk, was born in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 28, 1971. He is the son of Errol Musk, a rich South African businessman, and Maye Musk, a Canadian model. Despite being born in South Africa, he was granted a Canadian passport in 1988. He grew up with Tosca, his sister, and Kimbal, his brother. Unfortunately, his parents split when he was ten years old. Following that, he became interested in computers and self-taught programming and created the game ‘Blaster’ when he was 12 years old.
He was a shy and awkward youngster when it came to school and was bullied until he was 15, and he was even hospitalized when a bunch of youngsters shoved him down the stairs. He enrolled at Queen’s University in Canada in 1989. However, in 1992, he came to the United States to study physics and business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in physics.
Elon Musk is an Entrepreneur and the co-founder of Tesla and PayPal.
He has worked in multiple companies over the years. He and his sibling started their career founding Zip 2, a web software startup that assists newspapers in developing online city guides, in 1995. Later, in 1999, Zip2 was purchased for $340 million by another business, Compaq’s AltaVista online search engine.
Following that, in 1999, he co-founded X.com, which helps to provide online financial services, however, the company’s investor replaced Elon Musk as CEO with Bill Harris due to inexperience. The next year, X.com merged with Confinity, an online bank best known for its money transfer service ‘Paypal.’ He returned as CEO of the merged firm, but his business model had certain technological flaws that lost him his position, and the board removed him in September 2000. The PayPal service was called PayPal as their company in 2001. Paypal was bought by eBay for $1.5 billion in stock, with Elon Muk holding 11.7 percent of the shares.
He started SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies) in 2002, which manufactures low-cost rockets. To compete in the rocket industry, Space X developed low-cost rockets such as the Falcon 1 in 2006 and the Falcon 9 in 2010. Also in 2018, a third rocket launched Falcon Heavy, which cost a third of what its closest competitor, the Boeing Company’s Delta IV Heavy, did.
He aimed to minimize the cost of spaceflight by constructing a completely reusable rocket that could take off and return to the launch pad from where it took off. Beginning in 2012, SpaceX’s Grasshopper rocket tested such technology in a series of brief flights. He was not only the CEO of SpaceX, but he was also a key designer in the development of the Falcon rockets, Dragon, and Grasshopper.
He invested 6.5 million dollars in Tesla Motors in February 2004, becoming the biggest stakeholder and joining the board of directors as Chairman. Tesla Motors is a firm that manufactures low-cost electric vehicles as well as battery components. Tesla’s first vehicle, the Roadster, can drive 394 kilometers on a single charge.
Following that, they released other car types, including the Model S sedan in 2012 and the Model X crossover in 2015. Model 3, a mass-market sedan, will be available in 2017, while the Model Y crossover will be available in 2020. As of 2020, it is the world’s leading seller of electric vehicles. Squeezing the Tesla shares, it attained a market capitalization of $1 trillion.
He has also made investments in the remaining 19 firms. His most recent investment The Boring Company on April 4, 2018.
Elon Musk has had three marriages. He married his first wife, Justine Wilson, at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, in 2000. The couple had twins and triplets, for a total of five sons. Unfortunately, the couple divorced in 2008. Following that, he began dating Talulah Riley, an English actress. He and Rile tied the wedding in 2010. He revealed their divorce two years later when he tweeted to Riley:
“It was an incredible four years. I shall always adore you. One day, you will make someone extremely happy.”
Surprisingly the couple wedded in 2013, but Riley filed for divorce in 2016, which was completed at the end of 2016. He began dating actress Amber Heard in early 2017, but they split up that year owing to their hectic schedules.
Later, he began dating Grimes, a Canadian artist, in May 2018. Page Six stated at the time that the couple had been “quietly dating” for a few weeks since he attended the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Grimes. He and Grimes announced the birth of their son “X A-Xii Musk” on May 4, 202. Sadly, the couple split up in September 2021. According to insiders, the cause behind the split was his hectic schedule.
Following his separation from Grimes, he is said to have found a new lover. The 50-year-old, he was pictured with Natasha Bassett, an Australian actress. According to certain sources, Natasha and he have been dating for a few months. “They are very much into one other and have spent a lot of time together,” a source told Hollywood Life.
According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes real-time billionaires list, Elon Musk is the wealthiest person in the world. His net worth of him is around $224 billion US dollars as of Feb 2022.
Elon Musk is active on Twitter, and he is a frequent user of the social media platform. Elon Musk’s Twitter account is @elonmusk, and he has over 75.1 million followers and 112 followers, however, he is not on Facebook. His tweets make it clear that he dislikes Facebook. His fan page account on Instagram has 2.6 million followers under the name @elonrmuskk, but there is no official Musk account.
In his physical appearance, Elon Musk stands 6 feet 2 inches tall or 188 centimeters tall and weighs roughly 90 kg or 198.5 pounds. His hair has a light brown tone. He has green color eyes, a squared jawline, and a wide, high forehead.