Elon Musk: all about the South African billionaire owner 

Elon Reeve Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa.

At the age of 17, in 1988, he moved to Canada and began his academic studies 

in physics and economics at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. 

After two years, he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania in 

Philadelphia, USA, where he received his B.Sc. degree in 1995. 

He even started a Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University in California, but eventually dropped out.

Also in 1995, Musk founded his first company, Zip2 Corporation, which

provided content for online newspapers. Four years later, in 

1999, the company was sold to Compaq for $370 million, of which $22 million went to the 28-year-old entrepreneur.

With this money, he founded his second company: X.com, which specialized in

payments and financial transfers. In 2000, the company merged with Confiniti 

to become PayPal. Two years later, eBay bought the company for $1.5 billion.

With plenty of money to invest, Musk founded SpaceX in 2002, a private company offering 

space services. In 2004, he invested $30 million in Tesla, which had been founded the year 

before by engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. 

Elon became the main face of the automaker five years later, when the original founders left the business.