Elon Musk        

CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors; CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies

Elon Musk is an engineer and entrepreneur who builds and operates companies to solve environmental, social and economic challenges. He co-founded PayPal and currently drives strategy, development and design at two companies he created, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Tesla Motors, and oversees a third company, SolarCity, which he co-founded. He led SpaceX's efforts to be the first private company to successfully launch and dock a spacecraft with the international space station

SpaceX Musk is CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX, the company he founded in 2002 to build the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft with the ultimate goal of extending human life to other planets. He designed Falcon 1, the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach Earth orbit, as well as the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX made history when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle in history to successfully attach to the International Space Station on May 25th, 2012. In 2008, NASA awarded SpaceX a $1.6 billion contract for 12 cargo flights to and from the International Space Station, effectively replacing the Space Shuttle. In 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company to successfully recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit; a feat previously only achieved by a few nations. In 2011, the company started work preparing the spacecraft to carry astronauts under a NASA award. The first manned flights are expected in 2015.

Tesla Motors As CEO and head of product design at Tesla Motors, Musk oversees strategy for the all-electric American car company he co-founded to design, engineer and manufacture affordable electric vehicles for mainstream consumers. He currently guides development of the Model S, the world's first premium electric sedan, and Model X, an SUV/minivan. Previously, he spearheaded design of the original Tesla Roadster, the first battery electric sports car. Musk developed the business and sales strategy to deliver Tesla vehicles to consumers worldwide and forged partnerships with Daimler and Toyota, through which Tesla Motors sells electric powertrain systems to those companies.

SolarCity As chairman of SolarCity, Musk provides strategic direction for the company he conceived to help combat global warming and minimize air pollution. SolarCity is a national leader in clean energy services.

PayPal Musk's early innovation and success in Internet technology paved the way for him to focus on his lifelong passion for science, engineering and space. In March 1999, he co-founded X.com, which pioneered online point-of-sale functionality for purchases and quickly became one of the Web's leading financial institutions. In 2000, X.com bought Confinity, and formed PayPal, and successfully made it the leading global payment transfer provider. He served as PayPal's chairman and chief product officer, and was its largest shareholder until eBay purchased PayPal in 2002 for $1.5 billion. Prior to PayPal, Musk co-founded Zip2, an Internet software company that he sold to Compaq in 1999 for over $300 million.

Musk's achievements in business and technology have been widely recognized. Time Magazine included him on its 2010 TIME 100 list of 100 people who most affected the world. Esquire Magazine named him one its 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, and Forbes Magazine named him one of America's 20 Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under. Based on his work at SpaceX, Tesla Motors and Solar City, Research and Development Magazine named Musk its Innovator of the Year and Inc. Magazine named him its Entrepreneur of the Year.

His focus on space exploration and his contributions to the field are also renowned. The world governing body for aerospace records, Federation Aeronautique Internationale, presented Musk with its Gold Space Medal for designing the first privately developed rocket to reach orbit. The Kitty Hawk Foundation recognized Musk as a Living Legend in Aviation for creating the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft, and Aviation Week named him its 2008 Laureate for his significant global achievements in the space industry. Musk has received the Heinlein Prize for his contributions to the commercialization of space; the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics award for the greatest contribution to the field of space transportation; and the National Space Society Von Braun Trophy for the most significant achievement in space.

Musk created and is chairman of the Musk Foundation, which focuses on aerospace, clean energy, science education and pediatric health. The Foundation has donated solar power projects to Soma, Japan a city devastated by both earthquake and tsunami and to a hurricane response center in coastal Alabama operated by victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Oil Spill. Facilitated by SolarCity, these projects bring much-needed low-cost, clean power to both regions as recovery efforts continue.

Musk is a trustee of the X Prize Foundation, which promotes renewable energy technologies, and sits on the boards of The Space Foundation, The National Academies Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and The Planetary Society. He is also a member of the Stanford University Engineering Advisory Council.

He holds a physics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a business degree from Wharton.

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