How often do we hear about SpaceX and its grand expansion stories? Quite often right? So, let’s talk about the man behind the entire space empire- Elon Musk. Elon Musk is the African-Canadian business tycoon who is also the CEO and founder of SpaceX along with Tesla Motors, neural links, and Solar city. He is the first African- Canadian man to set up such huge business pillars in the NY City.
Early life of Elon Musk:
Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in South Africa to a Canadian model and South African engineer. His father was an electromechanical engineer and a sailor and pilot. Eyeing Elon Musk succeeding tremendously in the field of science and automobile, it became quite evident that that little African- Canadian boy has the blood rush of his father’s scientific creativity flowing in his veins.
He was always an avid reader ever since his childhood. At the age of 10, he showed huge interest and extraordinary skills in computing and machine designing. He initially received his primary school education from private school. Later, he shifted to California to achieve his Ph.D. degree in applied science from Stanford University.
The success story of Elon Musk:
Along with his Ph.D. degree completion, Elon Musk started a web development company named Zip 2 with his sibling brother. While Musk wanted to hold the position of CEO in his own company, none of the board members were in his favor and in 1999 Compaq bought Zip2 for 34 million dollars in cash.
In 2000, Elon Musk again founded his own company named Paypal which was a financial money transfer website. Still today, Paypal is used globally to meet many business demands. However, with constant arguments of Elon Musk with the board members, eBay bought Paypal in 2002 for 1.5 million American dollars.
With all this failure, Musk was never disheartened. He was always interested in space studies and material science. Hence in 2002, Elon Musk launched a project to construct a greenhouse that can function even on Mars. Although the project is still being worked on, it played a huge role in changing his entire career line. He then founded SpaceX, a private space technology company who is responsible for major space projects nowadays. He is not only the founder but also the successful SEO and CTO of SpaceX. In 2006, SpaceX signed a contract with NASA for collaborated space science project.
Soon Elon Musk joined the board of directors of Tesla Motors as its chairman. Along with Tesla Motor, in 2006 Musk also co-founded SolarCity after providing the initial concepts and financial capital to the company. Today SolarCity is the second largest provider of Solar Power in the United States of America.
Not just science and technology, Elon Musk is also known for his great philanthropy hands. He is the chairman of Musk Foundation which is solely dedicated in improving the life and lifestyle of deprived people. In 2015, Musk donated 10 million American dollars to Future of Life institute to run a global research program on humanity.