Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is aSouth African-born American executive, investor, engineer, and inventor. As a child,Elon Musk was smart and developed an early interest in programming, samepattern as Mark Zuckerberg. He later on decided to move to Canada, to study and got a Canadian citizenshipthanks to his mother.
After his studies in Canada, Musk decided to move toAmerica where dreams come true. At age24, he started a company named Zip2, which he sold to Compaq for 307 milliondollars. Musk started a new project, which would become the notorious PayPal. EBaybought PayPal for 1.
5 billion dollars and instead of living life, traveling orbuying a private island Elon Musk took all the money he made and invested itall in two companies who were at the time on the brink of bankruptcy. Elon Muskbelieved they could change the world and the future for the better; he boughtSpaceX and Tesla Motors. SpaceX is aprivate company who designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets andspacecraft at the same time reducing the price tag. The company was founded in2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling peopleto live on other planets. A group ofengineers who wanted to prove that people did not need to compromise to driveelectric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drivethan gasoline cars founded Tesla in 2003. Today, Tesla builds not onlyall-electric vehicles but also infinitely scalable clean energy generation andstorage products.
Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossilfuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better. Today boththese companies are huge and successful, but I has not always been that way. Ithas been a long and rocky road for Elon Musk to get where he is now. At theearly stages of SpaceX and Tesla, Musk faced numerous challenges whom resultedin failure after failure; he did not give up and look where he stands todaybeing the CEO of two major corporation with a combined worth of around 70billion dollars.