Elon Musk (born June 28,1971) is anentrepreneur and a co-founder of PayPal, TeslaMotors and Space Exploration Technologies. He ischairman/CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, andchairman of SolarCity.
Musk was born and grew up in South Africa, theson of a South African engineer and a Canadian-bornmother who has worked as a New York City dietitianand modeled for fun. His father inspired his love oftechnology and Musk bought his first computer atage 10 and taught himself how to program; by theage of 12 he sold his first commercial software, a space game called Blaster.
He immigrated to Canada in June 1989 at age 17. He left Canada in 1992 after getting ascholarship to study business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned anundergraduate degree in economics and stayed on another year to finish a second bachelor’sdegree in physics. Musk then considered three areas he wanted to get into that were “importantproblems,” as he said later. “One was the Internet, one was clean energy, and one was space.
In 1995, Musk moved to California to enroll in a graduate program in high energy physics atStanford, in which he stayed exactly two days before dropping out to start Zip2, which providedonline content publishing software for news organizations. In 1999, Compaq’s AltaVista divisionacquired Zip2 for US$307 million in cash and US$34 million in stock options.
In March 1999, Musk co-founded X.com, an online financial services and email paymentscompany. One year later, X.com acquired Confinity, originally a company formed to beammoney between Palm Pilots, and the combined entity focused on email payments through thePayPal domain, acquired as part of Confinity. In February 2001, X.com changed its legal nameto PayPal. In October 2002, PayPal was acquired by eBay for US$1.5 billion in stock. Before itssale, Musk, the company’s largest shareholder, owned 11.7% of PayPal’s shares.
In June 2002, Musk founded his third company, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX),of which he is currently the CEO and CTO. SpaceX develops and manufactures space launchvehicles, with an emphasis on low cost and high reliability. The company’s first two launchvehicles are the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 rockets.
In addition to his business activities in entrepreneurial space, Musk is the principal ownerand Chairman of the Board of Tesla Motors, which builds a high-end luxury electric vehicle.He is also the primary investor and Chairman of the Board of SolarCity, a photovoltaicsproducts and services startup company. The underlying motivation for funding both companiesis to help combat global warming.
Musk’s fortune is estimated at US$328 million.
Elon Musk(1971.6.28)是一个企业家同时也是SpaceX的共同创办人。他是PayPal的早期投资人。同时也是Tesla Motors和SolarCity的董事长。