Inventors are inspirational. Elon Musk is an inventor, entrepreneur, engineer, and investor. He is known for his involvement with SpaceX, PayPal, Tesla Motors, Hyperloop, SolarCity, and OpenAI. He is South African, Canadian, and American. He has personal goals to reduce global warming and to reduce the chance of human extinction by settling a human colony on Mars. He wants a high-speed transportation system, Hyperloop, and VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion. He is working towards more use of electric vehicles as well.
Elon Musk was born in South Africa on June 28, 1971. He is the oldest of three children. In 1980, his parents divorced and he lived with his father in South Africa. When he was 12, having taught himself computer programming, he sold the code for a BASIC-based video game he created called Blastar. He graduated high school and moved to Canada in 1989 having gained Canadian citizenship through his Canadian-born mother. He attended Queen’s University before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Science in physics and another in economics. In 1995 he was going to further his schooling by moving to California and attending Stanford University, but left Stanford to pursue entrepreneurial goals.
In 1995, he and his brother started Zip2, a web software company. Compaq acquired Zip2 in 1999 for millions of dollars. In 1999, Elon co-founded X.com. They later merged with Confinity and focused on the service PayPal. The company was renamed PayPal in 2001. In 2002 eBay bought PayPal for $1.5 billion in stock and Musk got $165 million. In the early 2000s Musk founded SpaceX to create a space civilization. The company manufactures space launch vehicles. They have contracts with NASA. His vision is to see a population of 80,000 people on Mars by 2040.
Elon became Tesla’s chairman of the board of directors in 2004. Later, he became the company’s CEO and product architect. He has worked towards producing electric vehicles at affordable prices. Tesla is increasing the network of supercharger stations. SolarCity was co-founded in 2006. SolarCity is one of the largest providers of solar power in the United States. In 2013, Hyperloop was proposed as a transportation system between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a supersonic air travel machine. Hyperloop Transpotation Technologies works towards a 75,000-resident solar power city. In 2015, Elon Musk created OpenAI. The goal is to develop artificial general intelligence that is safe and beneficial to humanity.
Musk is chairman of the Musk Foundation. Musk is involved with other charities and politics. He married in 2000 and had six sons, one died of SIDS when only ten weeks old. He got divorced in 2008. He married again in 2010. He divorced and remarried his second wife.
Elon Musk has had appearances in movies and on television. He has received many awards and honors. He has also received a few honorary doctorates. Be inspired! Have a bright day!