Elon Musk Facts 2014

Elon Musk is a man with a vision. The founder of PayPal, SolarCity, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX – all interesting companies in four completely different industries. Here we can take a look at the life of Elon Musk.

Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1971. His father was an engineer and his mother a nutritionist from Canada. Musk was interested in computers and by the age of 12 years, he had written the code for his own video game, a space game with name Blastar, which was the first product he ever sold.

First company of Elon Musk was Paypal, that in October 2012 was acquired by eBay for US$1.5 billion in stock. At that time Musk owned 11.7 percent of PayPal’s shares. In 2006, Elon Musk co-founded SolarCity, a photovoltaics products and services company with his cousin Lyndon River. Musk was named as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire magazine.

In 2013, Musk revealed the Hyperloop, his idea for a transportation system that could send people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in just half an hour, using pressurized tubes. Then he said he’d build a prototype himself if no one else does.
SpaceX, his fast-growing rocket company, has completed four commercial satellite launches and promises to one day take humans to Mars. As if that weren’t enough, Musk’s green-energy side project, SolarCity, is expanding rapidly, with operations in 15 states and a stock price that has increased in last years by several times.

In June, Musk wowed observers by announcing that he would share all of Tesla’s patents with any company that wants to develop electric cars, in an attempt to get more of them on the road and slow the pace of climate change.