Elon Musk is a South African born Canadian-American engineer, business magnate, investor, and inventor. He founded SpaceX, Tesla Motors and PayPal. He is currently the CEO & CTO of SpaceX and CEO & Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors.
His mother is of Canadian-American ancestor and his father is South African.
Musk was born in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa, the son of Maye, a model from Regina, Canada;and Errol Musk, a South African-born electromechanical engineer. He has a younger brother, Kimbal (born 1972), and a younger sister, Tosca (born 1974).His paternal grandmother was British, and he also has Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry.After his parents divorced in 1980, Musk lived mostly with his father in locations in South Africa.
Elon Musk purchased his first computer at age 10. He taught himself how to program, and when he was 12 he made his first software sale—of a game he created called Blastar.Musk was initially educated at private schools, attending the English-speaking Waterkloof House Preparatory School. Musk later graduated from Pretoria Boys High School and moved to Canada in June 1989, just before his 18th birthday.
Musk bought his first computer at age 10 and taught himself how to program; by the age of 12 he sold his first commercial software for about $500, a space game called Blastar.
After matriculating at Pretoria Boys High School he left home in 1988 at the age of 17, without his parents' support and in part because of the prospect of compulsory service in the South African military: "I don't have an issue with serving in the military per se, but serving in the South African army suppressing black people just didn't seem like a really good way to spend time". He wanted to move to the US, saying: "It is where great things are possible".
In 1992, after spending two years at Queen's University, Elon left Canada, pursuing business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania on a full scholarship. From the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, he received an undergraduate degree, and stayed on another year to finish a second bachelor's degree in physics. His undergraduate degrees behind him, and drawing inspiration from innovators such as Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, Musk then considered three areas he wanted to get into that were "important problems that would most affect the future of humanity", as he said later, "One was the Internet, one was clean energy, and one was space".
Musk is a co-founder of X.com, Zip2, Tesla Motors and SpaceX.
When asked about his views on the "destiny" and grandness of the universe—presumably an allusion to his religious beliefs—Musk responded:
Do I think that there's some sort of master intelligence architecting all of this stuff? I think probably not because then you have to say: "Where does the master intelligence come from?" So it sort of begs the question. So I think really you can explain this with the fundamental laws of physics. You know its complex phenomenon from simple elements.
In his own words: "I'm somewhere in the middle, socially liberal and fiscally conservative."
Although Musk believes "there is a good chance that there is simple life on other planets", he "questions whether there is other intelligent life in the known universe". Musk later clarified his "hope that there is other intelligent life in the known universe", and stated that it is "probably more likely than not, but that's a complete guess."
Additionally, Musk has considered the simulation hypothesis as a potential solution to the Fermi paradox:
The absence of any noticeable life may be an argument in favour of us being in a simulation.... Like when you're playing an adventure game, and you can see the stars in the background, but you can't ever get there. If it's not a simulation, then maybe we're in a lab and there's some advanced alien civilization that's just watching how we develop, out of curiosity, like mould in a petri dish.... If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilizations, and I mean strange in a bad way.... And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilizations.
IEEE Honorary Membership
2015 - 2016
Elon Musk is impatient and demanding and doesn't accept that problems can't be solved.
[With first principles] you boil things down to the most fundamental truths … and then reason up from there."
aviation, sport cars, physics, space
Musk met his first wife, Canadian author Justine Musk (née Wilson), while both were students at Ontario's Queen's University. They married in 2000 and separated in 2008, after having six sons. Their first son, Nevada Alexander Musk, died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) at the age of 10 weeks.They later had five sons through in vitro fertilization; twins, Griffin and Xavier, in 2004; followed by triplets Damian, Saxon and Kai in 2006; of whom they share custody.Following their divorce in 2008, Justine Musk gave an interview describing her marriage with Musk in Marie Claire magazine, describing herself as "a starter wife".
In 2008, Musk began dating English actress Talulah Riley, and in 2010, the couple married. In January 2012, Musk announced that he had recently ended his four-year relationship with Riley,tweeting to Riley, "It was an amazing four years. I will love you forever. You will make someone very happy one day."However, in July 2013, Musk and Riley remarried. In December 2014, Musk filed for a second divorce from Riley; however the action was withdrawn.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronaut...American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics George Low award for the most outstanding contribution in the field of space transportation in 2007/2008. Musk was recognized for his design of the Falcon 1, the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach orbit.
National Wildlife Federation 2008 National Cons...National Wildlife Federation 2008 National Conservation Achievement award for Tesla Motors and SolarCity.
the FAI Gold Space Medal
The world governing body for aerospace records,...The world governing body for aerospace records, Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, presented Musk in 2010 with the highest award in air and space, the FAI Gold Space Medal, for designing the first privately developed rocket to reach orbit. Prior recipients include Neil Armstrong, Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites and John Glenn
One of Time 's 100people
Listed as one of Time 's 100 people who most a...Listed as one of Time 's 100 people who most affected the world in 2010.
R&D Magazine Innovator
R&D Magazine Innovator of the Year for 2007 for...R&D Magazine Innovator of the Year for 2007 for SpaceX, Tesla and SolarCity
Living Legend of Aviation
Recognized as a Living Legend of Aviation in 20...Recognized as a Living Legend of Aviation in 2010 by the Kitty Hawk Foundation for creating the successor to the Space Shuttle (Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft).
In 2011, Musk was honored as a Legendary Leader...In 2011, Musk was honored as a Legendary Leader at the Churchill Club Awards.
In 2013, Musk was named the Fortune Businessper...In 2013, Musk was named the Fortune Businessperson of the year for SpaceX, SolarCity, and Tesla Motors.