Elon Musk, the South African-born, Canadian-American business magnate, engineer, investor, and inventor, dropped out of University at the age of 24 to pursue the company he and brother Kimbal set up: Zip2. This venture actually changed Elon’s life, leaving him with a company that would later be sold for $34 million, allowing him to go on to co-found X.com (which was later bought by the company we now know as eBay).
While Musk is known worldwide as a business magnate, he is probably most well known for his ventures with Tesla Motors, the American automaker arguably most responsible for the recent move towards electric cars.
Musk isn’t actually the founder of Tesla Motors; he’s the current CEO & product architect at the company. He actually joined Tesla as Board of Directors Chairman before becoming CEO in 2008, taking control of the company when Tesla ran into a huge financial crisis.
Almost 15 years later, he has overseen the production of the Tesla Roadster, Model S, Model X, and soon the Model 3, each time managing to lower the retail price for consumers. Musk has also trademarked the name “Model Y,” speculating that he could have a plan for a new vehicle in the future, although this is yet to be confirmed.
In April 2016, he was quoted as saying: “There will be future cars that will be even more affordable down the road… With fourth generation and smaller cars and what not, we’ll ultimately be in a position where everyone can afford the car,” reinforcing one of Tesla’s main aims of creating autonomous cars that everyone can afford.
Later in July 2016, Musk spoke out about a new plan for Tesla, which included the manufacturing of more affordable cars at a higher volume, solar powered roofs for homes worldwide, mid-size vehicles, and even SUVs, showing just how far Musk is willing to go for a new, renewable future. So, here’s to the man himself, Elon Musk, and his dreams for a brighter future.