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Elon Musk

Elon MuskBorn: 28-Jun-1971
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Engineer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors

Elon Musk is a computer programmer, designer of rockets and electric cars, and entrepreneur who founded or co-founded PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. In his late teens he came to Canada to avoid the draft in his native South Africa, and in his 20s he earned degrees in physics and economics. In 1995 he quit a doctorate program at Stanford to market Zip2, a software system that became a widely-used publishing platform for newspapers' on-line editions. Four years later he sold his interest in Zip2 for more than $300M, and used the proceeds to found, a system for processing payments via email. In 2000 acquired its cross-town rival in Palo Alto, Peter Thiel and Max Levchin's Confinity, and in 2001 was renamed PayPal. In 2002 PayPal was sold to eBay for $1.5B, and as Musk was majority owner before the sale, he presumably walked away with $700M or so.

In 2002 he established Space Exploration Technologies (also called SpaceX), a company that offers transport services into outer space, and has successfully launched rockets of Musk's design, placed a satellite into Earth orbit, and delivered a cargo payload the the International Space Station. In 2004 he provided the funding to establish Tesla Motors, manufacturer of all-electric vehicles which have sold briskly among those who can afford the rather steep price tag.

For fun he owns and flies a unarmed test version of an Aero L-39 Albatros military jet fighter, and he has said that he intends to retire on Mars. Jon Favreau, director of the original Iron Man movie, has said that Musk was his inspiration for the movie's characterization of eccentric inventor and billionaire Tony Stark.

Father: Errol Musk
Mother: Maye Haldeman (dietitian)
Brother: Kimbal Musk (restaurateur)
Sister: Tosca Musk (film producer)
Wife: Jennifer Wilson ("Justine", novelist, b. 1972, div., five children)
Girlfriend: Talulah Riley (actress, b. 26-Sep-1985, fiancée 2010)

    High School: Pretoria Boys High School, Pretoria, South Africa (1988)
    University: Queen's University Kingston (attended)
    University: BA Economics, University of Pennsylvania
    University: BS Physics, University of Pennsylvania (1995)
    University: Stanford University (briefly attended, 1995)

    Tesla Motors CEO (2003-)
    SpaceX Founder and CEO (2002-)
    PayPal CEO (2000) Founder and CEO (1999-2001)
    Zip2 Corp. Founder, CEO, and CTO (1995-99)
    Member of the Board of Everdream Software
    Member of the Board of PayPal (2000-02)
    Member of the Board of SolarCity Corp.
    Member of the Board of Surrey Satellite Technology
    Member of the Board of Tesla Motors (as Chairman, 2004-)
    Member of the Board of (as Chairman, 1999-2000)
    Member of the Board of Zip2 Corp. (as Chairman, 1995-99)
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
    Democratic National Committee
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    Forward Together PAC
    Friends for Harry Reid (withdrew support)
    Hillary Clinton for President
    John Kerry for President
    Mars Society
    National Republican Congressional Committee
    Obama for America
    Obama Victory Fund 2012
    Planetary Society Board of Directors
    Senate Victory Fund PAC
    The Space Foundation Board of Directors
    Naturalized US Citizen
    Visited Burning Man
    Canadian Ancestry Maternal
    South African Ancestry Paternal

    Why Him? (17-Dec-2016)
    Before the Flood (9-Sep-2016) · Himself
    Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (23-Jan-2016) · Himself
    Pump (12-Sep-2014) · Himself
    Machete Kills (19-Sep-2013) · Himself
    Revenge of the Electric Car (22-Apr-2011) · Himself
    Iron Man 2 (26-Apr-2010) · Himself

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