Elon Musk is the co-founder of PayPal, the global payment transfer provider . According to Time magazine, he is one of the 100 people who most affected the world in 2010. According to Esquire magazine, he is one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century, while Forbes listed him as one of America’s 20 most powerful CEOs aged 40 and under. Elon Musk builds, forms and runs companies to solve environmental , social and economic problems. His inspiration and role models are innovators like Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, among others.
THE AMERICAN DREAM
Elon Musk was born in South Africa in 1971, to a Canadian mother and a South African father. He has a brother and a sister. During his teenage years he travelled around the world with them. During these trips he went to the USA and decided he wanted to move there because he thought that was where great things were possible.
Elon Musk’s other companies include Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Tesla Motors. He also supervises a third company that he co-founded called SolarCity. He led SpaceX’s efforts to be the first private company to launch and dock a spaceship with the international space station. .
At the age of 12 he created his first computer game, which he sold for $500. He developed this with his first computer, which his father gave him for his birthday, an IBM XT on which he learned to programme on his own. In 2000 he formed PayPal, and the rest is history.
Elon Musk lives in Bel Air, California. He met his first wife, the Canadian writer Justine Musk, when they were students at Queen’s University (in Kingston, Ontario). They got married in 2000 and had six children. Sadly, their first child died in infancy. They then had twins and later triplets . They announced their separation in September 2008. Musk married British actress Talulah Riley in 2010, but their relationship ended in 2012