Space X's first vehicles were named after Star Wars' Millennium Falcon spaceship. Another early vehicle was named after the song "Puff the Magic Dragon." The name of the spacecraft, the Dragon, was Musk's jab at skeptics who told him Space X would never be able to put vehicles into space.
Space X's long-term goal is to make colonizing Mars affordable.
Space X won't file for an initial public offering until what Musk calls the "Mars Colonial Transporter" is flying regularly, he said.
But he finished his studies at the University of Pennsylvania, taking home degrees in physics and economics.
While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, Musk and a classmate rented out a 10-bedroom frat house and turned it into a nightclub. Shin/Wiki Commons) After graduation, Musk traveled to Stanford University to study for his Ph D — but he barely started the program before leaving it.
The bullies threw Musk down a set of stairs and beat him until he blacked out, according to Ashlee Vance in his book "Elon Musk: Tesla, Space X, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future." After graduating from high school, Musk moved to Canada and spent two years studying at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
Musk moved to Canada with his mother Maye, his sister Tosca, and his brother Kimbal.
As Pay Pal's single biggest shareholder, he netted $165 million of the $1.5 billion price e Bay paid.
Even before the Pay Pal sale, Musk was dreaming up his next move, including a crazy plan to send mice or plants to Mars.
After their parents divorced in 1979, the nine-year-old Musk and his younger brother, Kimbal, decided to live with their father.
In 1983, at the age of 12, Musk sold a simple game called "Blastar" to a computer magazine for 0. but better than Flappy Bird." (Source: Wait But Why) Still, Musk's school days weren't easy — he was once hospitalized after being beaten by bullies.
The all-electric Roadster launched in 2006, when Musk was serving as Tesla's chairman. As if that wasn't enough, Musk came up with the idea for Solar City, a solar energy company.
Musk gave his cousins Peter and Lyndon Rive the working capital to get Solar City off the ground in 2006. With Eberhard as CEO, Tesla was burning way more cash than it was taking in.
Elon Musk was born on June 28th, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa.