Elon was born on June,28,1971 in Pretoria, the capital of South-Africa as a son of Canadian Maye and South African Errol.
While his friends were busy with kids games, he was a child who was distinguished by his interest in software. He learned how to software programming and encoding by himself. He was just a twelve-years-old little boy when he made his money off his interest in programming. The space game that he wrote and named as Blaster was sold for 500 dollars. At first, he had his education in Highschool of Bryanston then he was transferred to Highschool of Pretoria and completed his high school education there.
When he was seventeen years old he had to join the army to perform the military service. However, he moved from his home to avoid mandatory service in the South-African military. Afterward, he would explain his decision of refusing the military service with those words: “ I don’t have an issue with soldiery but doing the military service to put down the black people didn’t seem to be reasonable behavior.”
He was so affected by the United States which he defined as “America, where great things are possible to happen, more than any other countries in the world.” He also always dreamed of space.
Two years later Elon had attended to University of Queens(1992), he left from Canada to study business and physics at University of Pennsylvania.
Later than Elon received his diploma with an undergraduate degree in economics and a second bachelor’s degree in physics, he made up his mind to do a doctorate in energy physics. For his purpose, he moved to Silicon Valley in Northern California. He enjoyed his lectures a lot. He has got new viewpoints and opinions during his education life. Besides this, there were many people such as Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Walt Disney, an inspiration to Elon. He determined three different fields of problems that would be effective in the future of humanity. According to Elon, the subjects of the Internet, space and clean energy were waiting for people to discover.
He attended to Standford Unversity to get a doctorate degree course in 1995. However just two days later his course had started, his brother Kimbal proposed him to launch a new project: Zip2. Elon canceled his education for the purpose of doing the new web software organization.
This is how he got a start in business. Elon and his brother entered into a study with working at high pressure. Altavista the unit of Compaq acquired Zip2 for US$307 million in cash and US$34 million in stock options in 1999.
Musk was successful in his first step. He tried to deal with co-founding X.com, an online financial service and e-mail payment company X.com merged with Confinity which was a system of based on a 50/50 merger agreement auction. A year later Paypal came to exist from this merged companies.
Elon became the linchpin soon. He had faith in on-line transportation and the technology of P2P. Procurements organized well thanks to Elon and according to him disbursing platform from person to person should have been founded and improved for X.com that merged with Confinity. On the other hand, merged companies couldn’t outgrow their habits easily. In an instant, they didn’t abandon X.com. Finally, X.com was renamed as Paypal in June 2001. Elon owned %11.7 of Paypal’s shares. Elon Musk was the name that provided to processing in global payment systems with separating the financial requirements. Paypal was provided come to be known with strong effects thanks to Elon. The development campaigns that published on the internet, served the purpose and the company acquired by eBay in October 2002 for $1.5 billion.
Elon’s private life would be as fascinating as his business life. Elon’s first marriage was with Justine in 2000. They got divorced eight years later.
Right after he got married to Talulah Riley. They got divorced two years later but could stay separate for one year. They remarried in 2013 but the marriage didn’t work and they divorced again in 2016.
Elon has six kids from both of his marriages: Nevada Alexander, Xavier, Saxon, Griffin, Damian and,Kai.
As he said in an interview: “ We are looking forward to sending a human to Mars within ten years.” He has strong self-confidence and he knows the value of the things that he would make them real. For instance one of his plans was building a greenhouse area that located in Mars and growing plants there in the year 2001. He didn’t give up when he realized that the obstacle of going into the space for humans was based on the reason that the aerospace technology hadn’t been adequately developed yet. He just decided to delay making his plans real. He always wanted to achieve his objective so he started with finding the solutions of problems that blocks him.
Elon founded the third company, SpaceX in May 2002 and developed it like a lightning. He is still CEO and CTO of SpaceX.
SpaceX develops and produces launch vehicles. The prior aim of the company is improving and boosting the rocket technology. Elon named the first two manufactured space launch vehicles as Falcon1 and Falcon2. His first space vehicle name was Dragon. He always dreamed about pacing into space.
He was crossing the limits of success. He wasn’t wrong with defining the USA as “a place where everything is possible.” Of course, all of these were fundamentally motivations to Elon, according to him the ore was a coin hung up inside his spirit and on both sides of the coin was pointing the space.
The company put Falcon9 and Dragon to use instead of Space Shuttle in 2011. The company was awarded NASA Agreement (carries $1.6 million value) that 12 flights actualized in National 30Space Station on 23 December 2008. Those launching vehicles that designed for carrying the astronauts, reached its deserved value.
Falcon1 is the first liquid fuel rocket that launched a space satellite around Earth’s orbit in 2009. It was concentrated upon sending astronauts to International Space Station. Elon’s main aim was investigating the red planet Mars and providing the inhabitancy there.
SpaceX is the first commercial corporation that attached a vehicle to International Space Station. This is how SpaceX put his stamp on history on 25 May 2012.
Elon co-founded Tesla Motor with inspirations taken from Nikola Tesla. He was product designing manager. His point of interest in electrical gadgets has occurred by getting to know about Tesla when he was a child. He got a start in his new project by employing Martin Eberhard as CEO. In the other, it was contained too much risk to start this project. Elon spent most of the capital for investments of Tesla.
The possibility of failure was probable as much as success. The source of inspiration for this project was obvious, giving up on dreams wouldn’t happen in any conditions. This is how could be faced with the financial crisis that experienced in 2008. Situations forced to dismiss the people from employment. Finally, Eberhard was ousted from the firm and Elon undertook the leadership of the company as CEO.
The first electric sports car Roadster built by Tesla delivered 2500 vehicles to 31 different countries. Besides this Tesla sells electric powertrain systems to Mercedes and Toyota. Elon became able to bring in both companies as investors in Tesla.
His vision was gaining wealthy clients and earning money from the sales of TeslaRoadster. He would sink the capital on research-development for low-priced electric cars. This is why Elon was supporting the family car ModelS that took half of the price TeslaRoadstar had from the beginning. According to the explained reports, Elon has 28.9 million Tesla shares, which equates to 22% of the company.
SolarCity was co-founded by his cousin Lyndon Rive, Rive employed as CEO of the corporation. SolarCity was the largest provider of solar power systems in the United States. The main idea of establishing this corporation was reducing global warming and the most important reason for having investments in that kind of corporations just like Tesla Motors was because of environmental awareness.
In 2012 Elon explained that he would use electric car batteries to decrease the effects of grid circuit that occurs in solar panels, laid on TeslaMotor’s roofs.
Elon was aware of people who were needed help as much as he was sensitive to the environment.
There was a desire of changing things behind the willingness to gain.
Musk was the chairman of Musk Foundation which was established with the purpose of doing charity works for such problems as children’s health, scientific education, and clean energy. In addition to this, he was given the administration of the Xprize Foundation. It is aimed to encourage people to use renewable energy here as well.
The promises he took when he was a child, carried the same importance with the promises he takes now, it was obvious that he has the inner peace that comes from his childhood term. Who knows, maybe he was aware of every success he would make happened by his eye of the heart. Nevertheless, I believe that he is not satisfied with whatever he has seen by his eye of the heart. The universe is so huge and wants more to get explored.
Finally, Elon Musk became the member of The Giving Pledge and he made a vow that he will spend most of the wealth for charity works.