Elon Musk :: Biography
Elon Reeve Musk, well-known as ‘Elon Musk’ was born on June 28, 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa. He is a popular name in the business world. Musk is best known for his work as a business magnate, investor and inventor. He is also popular as the ‘CEO’ and ‘CTO’ of space transport service company ‘SpaceX’, Chief product architect and ‘CEO’ of ‘Tesla Motors’ and the chairman of ‘SolarCity’. Musk learned computer programming by himself. Musk celebrates his birthday each year on June 28. He carries a Canadian American nationality. In relation to his educational background, he completed his school education from attending ‘Waterkloof House Preparatory School’. In the year 1992, he completed his graduation from the ‘University of Pennsylvania’ majoring in ‘Bachelor’s degree in Physics’.
Talking about his career as career expedition as a successful business magnate and investor, initially he started a web software company named ‘Zip2’ along with his brother ‘Kimbal’. The company was initiated to develop and market an internet city guide for all the ‘Newspaper publishing Industry’. On the way of developing his company, he received contracts with ‘The New York Times’ and ‘Chicago Tribune’. However, in the year 1999 the company was acquired by ‘Compaq’ for $307 million in cash with the addition of $34 million of stock options. In the same year, Elon co-founded online financial services and ‘e-mail payment company’ called X.com. After a year, the company was merged with another company ‘Confinity’. The company operated a subsidiary called ‘PayPal’. Both the companies ‘PayPal’ and ‘X.com’ had a person-to-person ‘email based payment system’. Musk was in a favor of PayPal brand over X brand. He removed the X.com brand after a few period of operation of the company. The company, ‘PayPal’ was acquired by another company ‘eBay’ in October 2002. In the same year, he founded new company named ‘Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). The company was started to develop and manufacture the space ‘launch vehicles’. In 2008, the company was awarded with $1.6 billion NASA contract. It was awarded for the 12 flights of Falcon 9 rocket and ‘Dragon spacecraft’ to “International Space Station”. It was in the year 2009 when the companies ‘Falcon 1’ rocket became first privately funded ‘liquid-fuelled vehicle’. The company had a goal of lowering the price of ‘orbital spaceflight’ and ‘improving reliability’. Musk co-founded a company named ‘Tesla Motors’ along with ‘Marc Tarpenning, Martin Eberhard, JB Straubel and Ian Wright. He started his involvement in the company as an investor. After the financial crisis, he held the responsibility of ‘CEO’ and ‘Product Architect’. In 2012, he decided to merge his company with ‘SolarCity’. Besides this, he is also known as the chairman of ‘Musk Foundation’.
Moving towards his personal life biography, this successful business magnate is a married man. He got married twice in his life. Musk married to his first wife, Justine Musk in the year 2000. After spending time with each other for eight years, he decided to separate from her. From his marital relation with Justine, he has five sons. He got married to the beautiful actress ‘Talulah Riley’ in the year 2010. Unfortunately, like his first marriage he failed to gain happiness from his second marriage. Musk got separated from his second wife, Riley by taking divorce in 2012. Besides his marital information, there is no further information about his past girlfriend.
This successful business investor has a dashing personality. With his charming face and million dollar smile, he has been successful to gain attention in the media. He stands with the height of 5 feet 10 inches and carries normal weight of 75 kg. Even at the age of 43, he looks much younger than his real age. Musk has achieved a lot in his life. As of 2014, he has accumulated total net worth amount of $9.4 billion. Till date, he has attended several interview where he had shared his idea on investing.
More additional information about him can be extracted from the Wiki and reading his bio on IMDb. His recent news can be updated from following his twitter account @elonmusk.