Elon Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African born engineer and entrepreneur best known for co-founding PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. He is currently the CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. While at those companies, Musk created the first viable electric car of the modern era (Tesla Roadster), a private successor to the Space Shuttle (Falcon 9) and the world's largest Internet payment system (PayPal).
Musk was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, the son of a Canadian mother, Maye (née Haldeman), and a South African father, Errol Musk. His maternal grandfather was from Minnesota, and had moved to Herbert, Saskatchewan, where Musk's mother was raised, and where Musk's great-grandmother, Dr. Almeda Haldeman, became known as "Canada’s First Chiropractor". Musk's father was an engineer and his mother worked as a nutritionist and model. Musk bought his first computer at age 10 and taught himself how to program; by the age of 12 he sold his first commercial software for about $500, a space game called Blastar.
After matriculating at Pretoria Boys High School he left home in 1988 at the age of 17, without his...
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