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1. Elon Reeve Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. His parents were Maye Musk, a model and dietitian, and Errol Musk, an electromechanical engineer.
2. Musk has two younger siblings, a brother named Kimbal and a sister named Tosca.
3. He has described his childhood, at home and in school, as "terrible" and "nonstop horrible." He and his brother were occasionally lectured for hours by their father and he was regularly bullied at the all-boys high school he attended.
4. He taught himself to code and, at the age of 12, built a video game called Blastar. He sold the source code for the game to the magazine PC and Office Technology, for about $500. The game is currently available to play online.
5. At 17 years old, he moved to Canada and lived with relatives. There, he worked odd jobs and attended Queen's University. He later transferred to the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1997 with degrees in economics and physics.
6. In 1995, Musk and his brother started their first company, Zip2, which provided and licensed online city guide software to newspapers. Compaq Computer paid more than $300 million for the company in 1999. Elon received $22 million from the sale.
7. He had six with his first wife, Justine Wilson. Their first died at 10 weeks old of sudden infant death syndrome. Their are all boys, two are twins and three are triplets.
8. Musk was reportedly an inspiration behind Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of Tony Stark for the 2008 film "Iron Man." He also had a cameo in the 2010 film "Iron Man 2." .
9. He has founded and co-founded several companies, including: Zip2, PayPal (X.com), The Musk Foundation, SpaceX, Tesla, SolarCity, OpenAI, Neuralink, The Boring Company, and Thud.
10. In 2018, he was ranked 25th on Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People
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