Who Is Elon Musk? Background, Key Information & More

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Elon Musk is a globally-known tech billionaire, visionary entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He has founded a number of companies, including Tesla, Inc. and SpaceX, and is a vocal proponent of space exploration and clean energy.

Elon Musk Key Information:

Date of birth June 28, 1971
Place of birth Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
Nationality South African
Citizenship South Africa, Canada, United States
University attended University of Pennsylvania
Degree attained BA in Business & Economics
University attended Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Degree attained BS in Business
Current occupation Tesla (no title); Founder, CEO & CTO of SpaceX; Principal Shareholder of SolarCity; Founder of The Boring Company; Co-Founder & CEO of Neuralink

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Books About Elon Musk:
  • "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future" by Ashlee Vance.
  • "The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos" by Christian Davenport.
  • "The Elon Musk Method: Business Principles from the World's Most Powerful Entrepreneur" by Randy Kirk.
  • "Insane Mode: How Elon Musk's Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil" by Hamish McKenzie.

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Did Elon Musk found PayPal?

Indirectly, yes. Elon Musk co-founded a financial services and email payment company called X.com with money he made from the sale of a company he founded with his brother called Zip2. In 2000 X.com merged with a company called Confinity, part of which was a funds transfer platform called PayPal. All parties involved decided the best bet was to grow PayPal, which they did until its purchase by eBay in October 2002.

Elon Musk, as PayPal's largest shareholder, earned $165 million from that sale.

What are Elon Musk's views on artificial intelligence (AI)?

He's not a fan. Indeed, Elon Musk has called AI "the most serious threat to the survival of the human race." His mistrust of artificial intelligence has led him to deeply invest in AI companies DeepMind and Vicarious and position himself as co-chairman of OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research firm, as he wants to "keep an eye" on what's being developed at the forefront of AI.

Elon Musk's views on artificial intelligence are not without controversy, and he's clashed with Mark Zuckerberg and other proponents of AI who say that Musk's popularity and the impact of his opinions could decrease the amount of funding for AI research.

What is Elon Musk's solar roof project?

Elon Musk is an enthusiastic supporter of clean energy, and in 2006 conceptualized and funded SolarCity, a solar energy company co-founded by his cousins. By 2013 SolarCity had grown to become the second largest supplier of solar energy systems in the US. Tesla bought SolarCity in 2016. The Solar Roof project uses glass solar tiles that are reportedly far stronger than traditional roof tiles.

Elon Musk's Solar Roof integrates with the Powerwall battery, which allows you to use solar whenever you choose while keeping power on during outages. The Solar Roof will be installed by Tesla, and you can reserve yours by filling out an order form and making a $1,000.00 deposit. The Solar Roof components are being constructed in Tesla's Buffalo, New York Gigafactory, and installations have been completed for the 12 people at the top of the waiting list.

What are Elon Musk's goals with SpaceX?

Elon Musk's SpaceX is a hugely ambitious project with the ultimate goal being human habitation on other planets, specifically Mars. SpaceX has reached many milestones, most recently the successful launch of Falcon Heavy, a rocket 2 times more powerful than any other rocket in the world.

What are some famous Elon Musk quotes?

Elon Musk is eminently quotable and quite active on social media; he also has no problem sharing controversial views. Some of his inspirational quotes include the following:

  • "When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor."
  • "The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur."
  • "I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary."

What is Elon Musk's The Boring Company?

The Boring Company was founded on the premise that there currently aren't enough roads to fit current traffic levels, and this problem will only become more severe in the future. In order to address there not being enough surface area to expand roads to fit future traffic, roads "must go 3D," which means either up or down.

Since flying cars are impractical for a number of reasons, the only option is to go underground. The Boring Company is committed to increasing tunneling speed while decreasing costs. The tunnels bored by The Boring Company will also help make Elon Musk's Hyperloop rapid public transit system adoption more viable.