(June 28, 1971- )
Born in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Birth name is Elon Reeve Musk
Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer, and businessman
Chairman of the Musk Foundation
Founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX, designer of the first commercial vehicle to dock at the International Space Station
CEO, chief product architect of Tesla Motors (2003 - )
Chairman and Co-Founder of SolarCity (2006)
Co-founded PayPal with Peter Thiel and Max Levchin
Cofounder of Zip2 (1995), PayPal (1998), X.com (1999) and Tesla Motors (2003)
Executive producer for films, 'Puzzled' (2001), 'Thank You for Smoking' (2005), 'Dumbstruck' (2010), and 'The Rider and the Storm' (2013)
Unveiled a proposal for Hyperloop, a conceptual high speed transportation system for the Los Angeles/San Francisco areas (Aug. 12, 2013)
Net worth is $11.70 billion
Why he might be annoying
He had a cameo in Iron Man 2.
He briefly dated Cameron Diaz.
He paid his way through college by converting his pad into a night club.
He married three times, twice to the same woman.
He tried to bike 50 miles from Pretoria to Johannesburg with his brother as a kid.
He had difficulty holding a girlfriend in school because they were turned off by his ranting about electric cars on dates.
He frequently donned a T-Shirt which read 'Occupy Mars' in reference to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
At the age of 16, he tried to get the lease and suppliers to open an arcade behind his parents' back, but the city wouldn't approve the business.
He purchased Wet Nellie from 'The Spy Who Loved Me,' with the intention of converting it into a car-submarine like in the film.
When asked if there was intelligent life on other planets, he said 'probably more likely than not, but that's a complete guess.'
He was accused of relying more on tax-payer subsidies and government incentives than any solid business fundamentals to grow his corporate empire.
He took to Twitter to weather a storm of panic caused by his suggesting that Tesla-Google 'driverless cars' could become so popular that human-driven cars (or '2-ton death machines') could be 'outlawed' (May 7, 2013).
Why he might not be annoying
He was bullied in high school.
He lost his first son to crib death ten weeks after his birth.
His 1994 model Dassault Falcon 900 aircraft was used in his film 'Thank You for Smoking.'
He designed Falcon 1, the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach Earth orbit.
NASA awarded SpaceX a $1.6 billion contract for 12 cargo flights to and from the International Space Station, effectively replacing the Space Shuttle (2008).
He was named by Esquire Magazine as one of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century (2008).
He spearheaded design of the original Tesla Roadster, the first battery electric sports car.
SpaceX also became the first commercial company to successfully recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit (2010).
He ranked #10 in Space Foundation's most popular space heroes list, tied with Wernher Von Braun (2010).
He was named by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s 20 Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under (2011).
He guided the development of the Model S, the world’s first premium electric sedan.
He developed the business and sales strategy to deliver Tesla vehicles to consumers worldwide.
He broke off with Mark Zuckerberg's political action committee, FWD.us, after criticizing the PAC's strategy as 'cynical.'
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