Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor.
Elon Musk in 2015
|Born||Elon Reeve Musk |
June 28, 1971
Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
|Residence||Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Nationality||South African (1971), Canadian (1989), American (2002)|
|Alma mater||Queen's University |
University of Pennsylvania
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, engineer, inventor, investor|
|Known for||SpaceX, PayPal, Tesla Motors, Hyperloop, SolarCity, OpenAI|
|Salary||Tesla Motors |
$78.2 million (2012)
|Net worth||US$11.5 billion (October 2016)|
|Title||CEO and CTO of SpaceX |
CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors
Chairman of SolarCity
Co-chairman of OpenAI
|Children||6 sons |
Nevada (b. 2002, d. 2002)
Griffin (b. 2004)
Xavier (b. 2004)
Damian (b. 2006)
Saxon (b. 2006)
Kai (b. 2006)
|Parent(s)||Maye Musk |
|Relatives||Tosca Musk |
He is the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity; co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com which merged with PayPal of Confinity. As of June 2016, he has an estimated net worth of US$11.5 billion, making him the 83rd wealthiest person in the world. In December 2016, Musk was ranked 21st on Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People.
Musk has stated that the goals of SolarCity, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. His goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the "risk of human extinction" by "making life multiplanetary" by setting up a human colony on Mars.
In addition to his primary business pursuits, he has also envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet.