Elon Musk is a South African-born American entrepreneur, investor, and engineer. He is best known as the CEO of Tesla, Inc., a leading electric vehicle and clean energy company, and SpaceX, a space exploration and rocket company.
Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. He showed an interest in computers and technology from a young age and taught himself how to program. After graduating from high school, Musk moved to Canada and later to the United States to attend college.
In 1995, Musk co-founded Zip2, a company that provided business directories and maps to newspapers. The company was eventually sold for over $300 million, and Musk used the proceeds to start X.com, an online payment company that later became PayPal. PayPal was sold to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002, making Musk a multimillionaire.
After PayPal, Musk turned his attention to space exploration and founded SpaceX in 2002. The company’s goal is to make space travel more affordable and accessible to the public. SpaceX has since launched numerous rockets and is working on developing reusable rockets and spacecraft.
In 2004, Musk founded Tesla, Inc., with the goal of revolutionizing the automobile industry with electric cars. The company’s first car, the Tesla Roadster, was released in 2008, and Tesla has since become one of the leading electric vehicle companies in the world.
Musk is also involved in other ventures, including SolarCity, a solar panel installation company, and Neuralink, a company that develops brain-computer interfaces.
Musk’s biography has been the subject of several books, including “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance. The book chronicles Musk’s life and career, from his childhood in South Africa to his current role as one of the most influential entrepreneurs in the world.