Elon Musk biographyElon (the erroneous version Ilon is also used) Reeve Musk is a Canadian and American entrepreneur, innovator, engineer and inventor, and business tycoon who invests in huge innovative projects.
Being the founder and head of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, co-founder of SolarCity and PayPal, this technology messiah, as he is often called in media, personally participated in the development of new technologies in alternative power engineering, designing of eco-friendly electric vehicles and cost-effective solar power plants.
The recognized genius of our time is characterized by such personal qualities as perseverance, well-developed critical thinking, accurate analysis of events and his own actions, high diligence and capacity for work. It is known for a fact that Musk devotes to work up to one hundred hours a week.
According to January 2018 data, Elon Musk’s fortune was estimated at $ 20.9 billion, which makes him the 53rd in the ranking of the richest people in the world.
Childhood and familyElon Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, one of the three capitals of South Africa. He was the eldest of three children in the family of English engineer Errol Musk, born in South Africa and model and nutritionist of Canadian and British descent Maye Musk.
EducationIn 1988, Musk graduated from high school, and enrolled at the University of Pretoria, but because of political instability in South Africa, just before his 18th birthday, he moved to Canada. Since his mother is of Canadian descent, Elon obtained the citizenship of this country too. Here, the strangest period of his life began: Elon was enrolled in the undergraduate program at Queen’s University, Kingston (Ontario), and at the same time changed many works in different parts of Canada, and he had something to tell about each of them.
At this time, his younger brother moved to Canada too. Together, Elon and Kimbal decided to acquire useful acquaintances. By hook or by crook, they found the phones of successful businessmen and phoned them, inviting them to have dinner. One of those who agreed was Peter Nicholson, the head of the Bank of Nova Scotia. Impressed with the persistence of young people, he personally met them and decided to take Elon, as the more talented of the Musk brothers, under his wing. Elon worked in his bank for the whole summer, receiving, however, less than in the boiler room ‒ $ 14 per hour.
First business projectsIn 1995, in partnership with his brother Kimbal and business coach Greg Kouri, Elon founded his first company, the Zip2 Yellow Pages website, which specialized in developing maps and catalogs for online publications. The startup capital of $ 28,000 was offered to him by his father, but Elon refused to take it. Musk worked from early morning to late evening and lived in a rented office to save on renting a home and invest all the money in the company.
SpaceX creationBack in 2001, Musk developed a project to create an experimental greenhouse on Mars that would initiate an exclusive and independent ecosystem on the regolith, which would help in the colonization of the Red Planet in the future. He hoped to return to the public the interest in the space industry.
In October 2001, with the assistance of Adeo Ressi and space equipment engineer Jim Cantrell, Musk decided to acquire intercontinental ballistic missiles, which he needed for experiments with cargo delivery into space. However, the purchase failed, since Elon was refused to sell rockets, finding him insufficiently experienced in this field. The second attempt also failed: six months later, Musk again tried to buy rockets, and he was allowed to buy one for $ 8 million.
Other projects by Elon MuskIn July 2003, Musk invested in Tesla Motors, just founded by inventors Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning and positioned as a pioneer among manufacturers of mass-produced electric cars.
The financial success of the company was contributed by the release of the premium model S sedan. The billionaire provoked public interest in the development by taking part in debates with the New York Times reporter. He said that in 20 years, more than 50% of cars coming off the conveyor would be equipped with an electric motor. As a result, only in the first half of 2013, 10.5 thousand Tesla model S cars were sold.
The millionaire-inventor has repeatedly called society to control research in the field of artificial intelligence and neural networks. He believes that AI is a threat to humanity, because sooner or later machines will gain too much power over people.
Elon Musk in the cinemaLike many famous billionaires (remember at least Donald Trump’s appearance in the movie Home Alone), Elon Musk sometimes appears in popular TV projects, even in those where they make fun of him.
Elon Musk personal lifeThe billionaire and philanthropist, who donated $ 10 million to find ways of control over artificial intelligence was married twice.
For about a year Elon dated the actress Amber Heard, who had just gone through a difficult divorce proceedings with Johnny Depp. In August 2017, they broke up.