Elon Musk, (born June 28, 1971, Pretoria, South Africa), South African-born American entrepreneur who cofounded the electronic-payment firm PayPal and formed SpaceX, maker of launch vehicles and spacecraft. He was also one of the first significant investors in, as well as chief executive officer of, the electric car manufacturer Tesla.

Quick Info
Nickname(s) Iron Man
Profession Entrepreneur, Investor
Date Of Birth June 28 1971
Birth Place Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
Religion Atheist
Nationality American
Zodiac Sign Cancer

Early Life & Family

Elon Reeve Musk was born in 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa, the oldest of three children. His father was a South African engineer, his mother a Canadian model and nutritionist. 3 4 After his parents divorced in 1980, Musk lived primarily with his father. He would later dub his father "a terrible human being… almost every evil thing you could possibly think of, he has done."Elon Musk has ten children. He had six children with Canadian author Justine Wilson; their first child died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, when he was 10 weeks old. The couple then had twins followed by triplets. He has two children with musician Grimes. Musk had twins with Shivon Zilis, a top executive at Neuralink, in November 2021.

  • Justine Wilson Musk (2000-2008) (Canadian author)
  • Talulah Riley (2010-2012 & 2013-2016) (actress)
Children Son(s)-
  • Griffin
  • Damian
  • Saxon
  • Kai
  • Xavier Alexander Musk
  • In March 2022, Elon Musk and Grimes welcomed their second child, a daughter, via surrogacy.
  • Father- Errol Musk (Electromechanical Engineer, Pilot, Sailor)
  • Mother- Maye Musk (Model, Dietitian)
  • Brother- Kimbal Musk (Entrepreneur, Philanthrophist)
  • Sister- Tosca Musk (Filmmaker)

Hobbies & Interests

Elon was a geek. He grew up in a home that had foundations in engineering and science. When he was in school, physics was the one subject that he was always good at. In addition, Elon’s interest in physics was also inspired by Richard Feynman’s—a famous physicist—lectures and books.

Favorite Actor Robert Downey Jr.
Favorite Film(s) Star Wars, The Martian, Thank You for Smoking
Favorite TV Show The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Book(s) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Foundation series
Favorite Poet Shakespeare
Favorite Comic Character Marvel’s X-Men

Education & Career

Technology became an escape for Musk. At 10, he became acquainted with programming using a Commodore VIC-20, an early and relatively inexpensive home computer. Before long, Musk had become proficient enough to create Blastar—a video game in the style of Space Invaders. He sold the BASIC code for the game to a PC magazine for $500.At 17, Musk moved to Canada. He would later obtain Canadian citizenship through his mother.After two years at Queen’s University, Musk transferred to the University of Pennsylvania. He took on two majors, but his time there wasn’t all work and no play. With a fellow student, he bought a 10-bedroom fraternity house, which they used as an ad hoc nightclub.Musk was 24 years old when he moved to California to pursue a Ph.D. in applied physics at Stanford University. But, with the Internet exploding and Silicon Valley booming, Musk had entrepreneurial visions dancing in his head. He left the Ph.D. program after just two days.

  • Waterkloof House Preparatory School
  • Bryanston High School
  • Pretoria Boys High School
College/University Queen's University
Educational Qualification(s) Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Pennsylvania

Personal Life

Musk was born to a South African father and a Canadian mother. He displayed an early talent for computers and entrepreneurship. At age 12 he created a video game and sold it to a computer magazine. In 1988, after obtaining a Canadian passport, Musk left South Africa because he was unwilling to support apartheid through compulsory military service and because he sought the greater economic opportunities available in the United States.

Political Inclination He considers himself a half Republican and a half Democrate
Awards For his work on Tesla and SpaceX, he was awarded Inc Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year award
Marital Status Divorced
Affairs/Girlfriends Justine Wilson (Canadian author)


On Sept. 7, 2018, Musk smoked cannabis during a filmed interview for a podcast. Just a month earlier, Musk posted an infamous tweet claiming he was considering taking Tesla private and had secured the needed funding. Musk subsequently settled a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) complaint alleging he knowingly misled investors with the tweet by paying a $20 million fine along with the same penalty for Tesla, and agreeing to let Tesla's lawyers approve tweets with material corporate information before posting. In March 2022 Musk filed a court motion to overturn the consent decree stemming from that case. In April 2022 during a live TED Talk, Musk called the SEC regulators on the case "bastards."

Car(s) Collection
  • 1978 BMW 320i
  • Ford Model T
  • McLaren F1
  • Jaguar Series 1 1967 E-type
  • Audi Q7
  • Hamann BMW M5
Net Worth (approx.) $246 billion (as of April 2022)

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