Elon Musk is a South African-born, Canadian-American businessman, inventor and investor. He founded Zip2, a web software company, with his brother, Kimbal, and sold the company to Compaq in 1999 for $307 million.
In March 1999, he co-founded X.com, an online financial services and email payment company, which later merged with Confinity, a company that operated the subsidiary, PayPal.
As of June 2014, Elon Musk was CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX, a company he co-founded in June 2002, which aims to advance the state of rocket technology, lower the price and improve the reliability of orbital spaceflight, and enable human exploration of Mars.
In 2004, Musk invested in Tesla Motors‘ Series A round and in 2008 became its CEO and chief product architect.
Elon Musk is chairman of the Musk Foundation, a philanthropic organization that focuses on science education, pediatric health and clean energy. He also sits on the boards of The Space Foundation, the National Academies of Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, The Planetary Society, and the Stanford Engineering Advisory Board.