Elon Musk

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Entrepreneur

Listed recently in Fortune magazine as one of the “40 Richest

Under 40,” Elon Musk is in the company-launching

business. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful

Internet entrepreneurs to emerge from the 1990s. Before the

age of thirty-two, Elon Musk had founded Zip2, a software

company, and sold it to Compaq. He then founded PayPal,

the world’s leading electronic payment system, which he sold

to eBay for $1.5 billion

He is presently personally bankrolling his dream of building

rockets with his company SpaceX, a company devoted to

reducing the cost and increasing the reliability of access to

space.

Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Musk showed entrepreneurial

aptitude early. At age twelve, he taught himself to

write computer code and designed a game called “Blast Star,”

a mix of two other popular games. At age seventeen, he moved

to Canada. He eventually transferred to the University of

Pennsylvania and earned undergraduate degrees in physics

and business. He was then off to Silicon Valley to start his

company-launching endeavors.

His dreams go further than space exploration, and he has

established the Musk Foundation to support philanthropic

objectives in education, clean and renewable energy, and

medical research.