Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. As a child, Musk was so lost in his daydreams about inventions that his parents and doctors ordered a test to check his hearing!
At 10yrs old, he taught himself how to program, and when he was 12 he sold his first software: a game he created called Blastar.
He was bullied until he was 15 and went through a growth spurt and learned how to defend himself with karate and wrestling.
At age 17, in 1989, Musk moved to Canada to attend Queen’s University and avoid mandatory service in the South African military. Musk obtained his Canadian citizenship that year, in part because he felt it would be easier to obtain American citizenship via that path.
In 1992, Musk left Canada to study business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in economics and stayed for a second bachelor’s degree in physics.
Musk launched his first company, Zip2 Corporation, in 1995 with his brother, Kimbal Musk. An online city guide, Zip2 was soon providing content for the new websites of both The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. In 1999, a division of Compaq Computer Corporation bought Zip2 for $307 million in cash and $34 million in stock options.
This made him a millionaire in his late twenties.
In 1999, Elon and Kimbal Musk used the money from their sale of Zip2 to found X.com, an online financial services/payments company. An X.com acquisition the following year led to the creation of PayPal as it is known today.
In October 2002, Musk earned his first billion when PayPal was acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion in stock. Before the sale, Musk owned 11 percent of PayPal stock.
Musk founded his third company, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, in 2002 with the intention of building spacecraft for commercial space travel.
Musk is the co-founder, CEO and product architect at Tesla Motors, a company formed in 2003 that is dedicated to producing affordable, mass-market electric cars as well as battery products and solar roofs.
In April 2017, Tesla announced that it surpassed General Motors to become the most valuable U.S. car maker.
Elon Musk has achieved a lot of incredible feats in his a relatively short period of time.
First, he revolutionized online payment with the formation of paypal.com
Then he revolutionized the car industry, with the model 3 electric car, the first commercially successful electric car company in USA.
He also recently introduced the Tesla electric Truck, that is set to overthrow Ford 150 and other traditional trucks.
His company SpaceX, just made history, as the first commercial space company to launch humans into space.
SpaceX is also actively working to send humans to MARS in the next 10 years, with the current starship program.
Elon Musk is an entrepreneur per excellence, a living proof that if you can dream it, believe it, and pay the price, everything is possible.