Elon Musk Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Companies, Education, Tesla Pickup, Net Worth and Interview

Elon Musk Biography

Elon Musk [full name] Elon Reeve Musk, is a entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Inc., co-founder and CEO of Neuralink; and co-founder of PayPal. He holds U.S, Canadian and South African citizenship. He is the 54th-richest person in the world according to Forbes as of October 2018 with a net worth of $22.3 billion.

From a young age, Musk was an avid reader and he developed a computing interest with the Commodore VIC-20 at the age of 10. He taught himself computer programming at the same age and sold the code of a BASIC-based video game he created called Blastar by the age of 12. He sold the game for $500 to a magazine called PC and Office Technology. You can find an web version of the game online.

In his childhood days, he was greatly bullied with a case of him being thrown down a flight of stairs and being beaten till he lost consciousness standing out. He went to Waterkloof House Preparatory School, and Bryanston High School and graduated from Pretoria Boys High School. His father wanted him to join a college in Pretoria but Elon’s dream was to move to the United States. He obtained a Canadian passport through his Canadian-born mother after moving to Canada in 1989 against his father’s wishes. This was because he knew that getting to the U.S. would be easy from Canada.

Elon Musk Education

Musk taught himself computer programming at the age of 10. He moved to Canada in 1989 at the age of 17 to attend Queen’s University. Two years later, Elon transferred to the University of Pennsylvania received an economics degree from the Wharton School and a degree in physics from the College of Arts and Sciences. He also joined Stanford University in 1995 and began a Ph.D. in applied physics and material sciences. He dropped from the university two days later to pursue an entrepreneurial career.

He then co-founded a web software company called Zip2 and it was acquired by Compaq in 1999 for $340 million. After that he founded an online bank, X.com and in 2000, it merged with Confinity and later that year it became PayPal. PayPal was bought in October 2002 by eBay for $1.5 billion.

SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, was founded in May 2002 by Elon Musk, of which he is CEO and lead designer. In 2003, he assisted in funding Tesla Inc., an electric vehicle and solar panel manufacturer and became its CEO and product architect. He also inspired the creation of SolarCity in 2006. This is a solar energy services company that is now a subsidiary of Tesla, and operates as its chairman.

He co-founded a nonprofit research company called OpenAI in 2015. It’s aim is to promote friendly artificial intelligence. He also co-founded Neuralink, a neurotechnology company focused on developing brain–computer interfaces in July 2016 and he is it’s CEO. He is also the founder of the ‘The Boring Company’. This is an infrastructure and tunnel-construction company founded in December 2016.

He has envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, for which he has proposed a vertical take-off and landing supersonic jet electric aircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet. He says that the goals of SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. The goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the “risk of human extinction” by establishing a human colony on Mars.

Elon Musk Age

The Tesla CEO was born on 28 June 1971 in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa. He is 48 years as of 2019.

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Elon Musk Family

Musk was raised in Pretoria, South Africa, in a family of three children of Maye Haldeman Musk and Errol Musk. Maye was a model and dietitian from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada while his father, Errol, was a South African electromechanical engineer, pilot, and sailor.

Elon Musk Siblings

He has two younger siblings: a brother by the name Kimbal who was born in 1972 and a sister called  Tosca who was born in 1974. Their paternal grandmother was British while his maternal grandfather, Joshua Haldeman, was an American from Minnesota. He also has Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry. His sister Tosca Musk, a filmmaker, is the founder of Musk Entertainment with which she has produced various movies.

Musk’s parents got a divorce in 1980 and he mostly lived with his father in the suburbs of Pretoria. He says it was not a good idea as his relations with his father were severed as an adult. He also has a half-sister and a half-brother.

Elon Musk Marriage | Divorce

Elon Musk First Wife

The lead designer of SpaceX was first married to Justine Wilson, a Canadian author. They first met at Ontario’s Queen’s University where they were both students. They got married in 2000 but separated in 2008. Their first son, Nevada Alexander Musk, died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) at the age of 10 weeks. They have five sons whose custody they share and were all conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF). In 2004, they were blessed with twins and with triplets in 2006.

Elon began dating Talulah Riley, an English actress, in 2008 and got married to her in 2010. He made the announcement that he had ended his four-year relationship with Riley in January 2012. Their relationship was rekindled and they remarried in July 2013. Musk filed for a 2nd divorce in December 2014 before withdrawing the action. It was again announced in March 2016 that there were divorce proceedings that were under way, this time with Riley filing for divorce. It was finalized in late 2016.

In the same year, Musk began dating Amber Heard, an American actress. They however split after one year due to conflicting schedules. On May 7, 2018, Musk and Canadian musician Grimes revealed that they had begun dating.

Elon Musk Children

Elon is a father of five children, all from his first marriage. Twins Griffin and Xavier born in 2004 and triplets Damian, Saxon, and Kai born in 2006.

Elon Musk’s Sons (on the left: at a young age, on the right: taking a walk with their father)

Elon Musk Companies

Elon Musk Tesla Model Y

Elon’s upcoming Tesla pickup has been getting a lot of media attention ever since the vehicle was teased early 2019  during the launch of the Tesla Model Y.

It is easy to understand why the Tesla pickup’s mysterious appeal is a very sexy option for those looking to get into the electric vehicle movement. Elon has been very successful so far in trying to keep information about the new utility vehicle under wraps. What we know, however, is quite exciting, a futuristic truck that the enigmatic CEO once described as “cyberpunk.”

Elon  gave another hint about the Tesla Pickup truck design on October 2019, which he now calls ‘Cybertruck’.  He says that it looks like ‘an armored personnel carrier from the future.’

Elon  shocked some when he said that the Tesla Pickup Truck will have a ‘really futuristic-like cyberpunk Blade Runner’ design without explaining what it means other than saying that ‘it won’t be for everyone’.

On top of the comments not being clear, he  didn’t really help anyone when he released a very cryptic teaser image for the pickup truck during the Model Y unveiling earlier in 2019.

Elon Musk SpaceX

Space X (Space Exploration Technologies) was founded by Elon Musk with US$100 million of his early fortune, in May 2002. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) and chief technology officer (CTO) of the Hawthorne, California-based company. SpaceX develops and manufactures space launch vehicles with a focus on advancing the state of rocket technology. The company’s first two launch vehicles are the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 rockets (a nod to Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon), and its first spacecraft is the Dragon (a nod to Puff the Magic Dragon).

In seven years, SpaceX designed the family of Falcon launch vehicles and the Dragon multipurpose spacecraft. In September 2008, SpaceX’s Falcon 1 rocket became the first privately funded liquid-fueled vehicle to put a satellite into Earth orbit. On May 25, 2012, the SpaceX Dragon vehicle berthed with the ISS, making history as the first commercial company to launch and berth a vehicle to the International Space Station.

Elon Musk Tesla

Tesla Inc., originally Tesla Motors, was incorporated in July 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, who financed the company until the Series A round of funding. Both men played active roles in the company’s early development prior to Elon Musk’s involvement. Musk led the Series A round of investment in February 2004, joining Tesla’s board of directors as its chairman. Musk took an active role within the company and oversaw Roadster product design at a detailed level, but was not deeply involved in day-to-day business operations.

Due to the financial crisis in 2008 and after a series of escalating conflicts in 2007, Eberhard was ousted from the firm. Musk assumed leadership of the company as CEO and product architect, positions he still holds today. Tesla Motors first built an electric sports car, the Tesla Roadster in 2008, with sales of about 2,500 vehicles to 31 countries. Tesla began delivery of its four-door Model S sedan on June 22, 2012. It unveiled its third product, the Model X, aimed at the SUV/minivan market, on February 9, 2012; however, the Model X launch was delayed until September 2015. In addition to its own cars, Tesla sells electric powertrain systems to Daimler for the Smart EV, Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive and Mercedes A Class, and to Toyota for the RAV4 EV. Musk was able to bring in both companies as long-term investors in Tesla.

Elon Musk Hyperloop

Musk unveiled a concept on 12th August 2013 for a high-speed transportation system incorporating reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air cushion driven by linear induction motors and air compressors. The mechanism for releasing the concept was an alpha-design document that, in addition to scoping out the technology, outlined a notional route where such a transport system might be built: between the Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area.

After earlier envisioning Hyperloop, Musk assigned a dozen engineers from Tesla and SpaceX who worked for nine months, establishing the conceptual foundations and creating the designs for the transportation system. An early design for the system was then published in a whitepaper posted to the Tesla and SpaceX blogs. Musk’s proposal, if technologically feasible at the costs he has cited, would make Hyperloop travel cheaper than any other mode of transport for such long distances.

The alpha design was proposed to use a partial vacuum to reduce aerodynamic drag, which it is theorized would allow for high-speed travel with relatively low power, with certain other features like air-bearing skis and an inlet compressor to reduce freestream flow. The document of alpha design estimated the total cost of an LA-to-SF Hyperloop system at US$6 billion, but this amount is speculative.

In June 2015, Musk announced a design competition for students  to build Hyperloop pods to operate on a SpaceX-sponsored mile-long track in a 2015–2017 Hyperloop pod competition. The track was used in January 2017, when Musk  started building a tunnel.

Hyperloop One, a company unaffiliated with Musk, had announced that it had done its first successful test run on its DevLoop track in Nevada.

On July 20, 2017, Elon Musk announced that he had gotten verbal government approval to build a hyperloop from New York City to Washington, D.C., stopping in both Philadelphia and Baltimore. However, the New York City Transit Authority, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Maryland Transit Administration, United States Department of Homeland Security, as well as the mayors of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. stated that they are unaware of any such agreement.

Elon Musk Net worth 

He has a net worth of 22.1 billion USD and is listed as number 54 among the billionaires in the world in 2018 as of November 2019. Despite a massive net worth hovering around $23.6 billion , Musk has never taken a paycheck from Tesla, refusing his $56,000 minimum salary every year.

Elon musk top books

  • Structures by J.E. Gordon.
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson.
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson.
  • Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom.
  • Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters.

Elon Musk Facebook

Musk deleted his company’s Facebook pages for both SpaceX and Tesla. He deleted the pages for Tesla because he does not like the social media behemoth. “Gives me the willies,” he tweeted. He further expressed distrust of the way Facebook handles consumer data.

Elon Musk Twitter

Elon Musk Instagram

 

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