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Elon Musk is a Canadian-American tycoon, investor, engineer and inventor born in South Africa. And his current net worth is $ 20.9 billion. Born in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa, Maye Musk, model and nutritionist, and Errol Musk, electromechanical engineer, pilot and sailor, he has two brothers. After his parents' divorce in 1980, he moved in with his father in the suburbs of Pretoria. He grew up as an avid reader and, at the age of ten, started showing an interest in computing with the Commodore VIC-20.

At age 12, he learned computer programming. He then sold the code for a BASIC-based video game he created, Blastar, to a magazine called PC and Office Technology. He received approximately $ 500 for that. A web version of the game is still available online today. Initially educated in private schools, he attended the Waterkloof House English Preparatory School. He later graduated from Pretoria Boys High School and moved to Canada in 1989.

Shortly after his 18th birthday, he obtained Canadian citizenship through his Canadian-born mother. At 17, he studied at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Two years later, he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a bachelor's degree in physics from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business. He then extended his studies for a year to finish his second bachelor's degree.

At the age of 24, he moved to California to start a doctorate in applied physics and materials science at Stanford University. He had to leave the program after two days to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations in the areas of the Internet. In 1995, he and his brother, Kimbal, started Zip2, a web software company, with their father's money. The company developed and marketed a city guide on the Internet for the newspaper publishing sector. Compaq acquired Zip2 for $ 307 million in cash and $ 34 million in stock options in 1999.

Musk received $ 22 million for his 7% stake in the sale. In the same year, he co-founded X.com, an online financial services and e-mail payment company, with the money he received from the sale of Zip2. A year later, the company merged with Confinity, which had a money transfer service called PayPal. The resulting company focused on PayPal and, in 2001, renamed PayPal. In 2002, eBay bought PayPal for $ 1.5 billion in shares, of which it received $ 165 million.

Today he is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, co-founder of an A Series investor, CEO and product architect at car maker Tesla Inc. He is also co-chairman of OpenAI, founder and CEO of Neuralink and former - co-founder and president of SolarCity.

Through his companies, he seeks to revolutionize the world by reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption. In addition, it seeks to reduce the "risk of human extinction" by making life multiplanetary and establishing a human colony on Mars.

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