Elon Reeve Musk was born on June 28, 1971 to parents Maye and Errol Musk and is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor. He has two siblings Tosca and Kimbal
Musk went Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario when he was 17 as an undergraduate, and in 1992, after two years there, Musk transferred to the University of Pennsylvania.
At 24, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from its College of Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from its Wharton School of Business. Musk extended his studies for one year to finish the second bachelor’s degree.
In 1995, aged 24, Musk moved to California to begin a PhD in applied physics and materials science at Stanford University, but left the program after two days to become an entrepreneur of the Internet, renewable energy and outer space. In 2002, he became a U.S. citizen.
He is the founder of SpaceX, Neuralink and X.com, which merged with Confinity to become PayPal.
He is also the co-founder of Tesla Inc, SolarCity, Zip2 and co-chairman of OpenAI
As of March 2017, he has an estimated net worth of $13.9 billion, making him the 80th wealthiest person in the world. In December 2016, Musk was ranked 21st on Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People.
Musk has stated that the goals of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. His goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the “risk of human extinction” by “making life multiplanetary” by setting up a human colony on Mars.
Musk is chairman of the Musk Foundation, which focuses on providing solar-power energy systems in disaster areas.
In 2010, it collaborated with SolarCity to donate a 25-kW solar power system to the South Bay Community Alliance’s (SBCA) hurricane response centre in Coden, Alabama.
In July 2011, the Musk Foundation donated US$250,000 towards a solar power project in Sōma, Japan, which had been recently devastated by a tsunami.
In July 2014, Musk was asked by Matthew Inman and WilliamTerbo (the grandnephew of Nikola Tesla) to donate US$8 million toward the construction of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe. Musk agreed to donate $1 million and to build a Tesla Supercharger in the museum car park.
Musk donated US$10 million to the Future of Life Institute in January 2015, to run a global research program aimed at keeping artificial intelligence beneficial to humanity. Musk is also a trustee of the X Prize Foundation and a signatory of The Giving Pledge.
Elon Musk has won numerous awards including:
• The Entrepreneur of the Year award for his work on Tesla and SpaceX
• The Global Green product design award for his design of the Tesla Roadster, which was presented by Mikhail Gorbachev
• The National Wildlife Federation National Conservation Achievement award for Tesla and Solar City
He is also constantly ranked in Top 10 Business newspaper and magazine lists as one of the most influential entrepreneurs and business visionaries
In addition to his primary business pursuits, he’s also envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a supersonic aircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet.