Elon Musk

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May 29, 2022

Elon Reeve Musk FRS (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist, naturalized American. He is the founder, chief executive officer and technical director of SpaceX; CEO of Tesla, Inc.; vice president of OpenAI, founder and CEO of Neuralink; co-founder and president of SolarCity. On January 7, 2021, with an estimated personal net worth of around $188.5 billion, he became the richest person in the world, according to Bloomberg, surpassing businessman Jeff Bezos. In the Forbes ranking, Musk occupies the second place in 2022. Musk has publicly expressed concerns about human extinction and has also proposed solutions, some of which are the main objective of his companies and are already being done in practice. Among them, the reduction of global warming, through the use of renewable energies, a multiplanetary project, more specifically the colonization of Mars, and the safe development of artificial intelligence. In January 2011, one of his companies, SpaceX, became the first company in the world to sell a commercial flight to the Moon. The mission, scheduled for 2013, was contracted by the company Astrobotic Technology, with the aim of placing a small jeep on the lunar surface, which did not happen. In 2012, he finished the Tesla Roadster project, his first model, an all-electric car that cost about $92,000. Tesla has already launched four models: the S, Y, X and the Model 3, the latter with the responsibility of bringing electric cars to the masses, starting at an initial cost of $35,000. On April 25, 2022, he also agreed to buy Twitter for $44 billion. Musk has been the target of criticism due to unusual or unscientific stances and highly publicized controversies. In 2018, he was sued for defamation by a Brit who helped rescue the Tham Luang cave; a California jury ruled in Musk's favor. In the same year, he was sued by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for falsely tweeting that he had secured funding for a Tesla takeover. He made a deal with the SEC, temporarily stepping down from his presidency and accepting limitations on the use of Twitter. Musk has also been criticized for spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and has received criticism from experts for his other views on subjects such as artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies and public transport.

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Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa, to Maye Musk (née Haldeman), a model and nutritionist from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and Errol Musk, an electromechanical engineer, pilot, southern sailor. -African, real estate consultant and developer who once owned half of an emerald mine in Zambia near Lake Tanganyika, which helped finance his family's lavish lifestyle by purchasing yachts, ski vacations and expensive computers .Musk has a younger brother, Kimbal (born 1972) and a younger sister, Tosca (1974). His paternal grandmother was British and he is also of Dutch descent. His maternal grandfather was an American from Minnesota. After his parents divorced in 1980, Musk lived mostly with his father in the suburbs of Pretoria, but who later said it "wasn't a good idea". As an adult, Musk cut ties with his father. Also, he has a half-sister. During his childhood he was an avid reader. At age 10, he developed an interest in computing with the Commodore VIC-20. He self-taught computer programming at age 12 and sold the code for a BASIC-based video game he created called Blastar to a magazine called PC and Office Technology for about $500. A web version of the game is available online. Your childhood reading