Elon Musk: Richest Man In The World [A Case Study]

Varad Kitey Varad Kitey
Jun 12, 2021 10 min read
Elon Musk: Richest Man In The World [A Case Study]

Today when we talk about the world’s most influential and riches entrepreneur, Elon Musk comes to our minds for sure. He has always been in the news let it be his new venture, his way of working or his net worth.

Elon Musk’s tweets catch the attention from masses; be it Elon Musk naming his baby X Æ A-12 , that created a lot of buzz around the globe or the "How Strange. Well, back to work..." one after Bloomberg announced him the richest person in the world.

But only few know about his life story.

Elon Reeve Musk was born on June 28, 1971 in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa. Elon Musk is an innovative business person, financial specialist, and engineer who is one of the most popular entrepreneurs in the world. He holds South African, Canadian, and U.S. citizenship. Elon Musk is the founder, CEO and lead planner of SpaceX as well as fellow benefactor, CEO and item engineer of Tesla, Inc.

Elon Musk- Latest News
How Elon Musk started his Journey?
Elon Musk's Business Ventures
X.com and PayPal
Tesla Motors
The Boring Company
Future Plans of Elon Musk

Latest News About Elon Musk

Elon Musk became the Richest Man in the World - After Tesla's share price surged by 7.9%, Elon Musk's net worth is $195 Billion. It helped him to surpass Jeff Bezos. Musk was featured on the top of Bloomberg Billionaire Index, a list of top 500 richest people in the world, on 7 January 2021.  

How Elon Musk started his Journey?

Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa, to a British Engineer and a Canadian Dietetics master. He is the eldest of the three siblings. His parents divorced in 1980. Musk purchased his first PC at 10 years old. He composed his initially possess game at 12 years old and made his first $500 selling one of the Space Invaders-like game called Blastar.

At 17 years old, Elon Musk chose to move to the United States for finishing his auxiliary tutoring. Rather, Musk left for Canada and got selected at Queen's University in Ontario at 19 years old. His calling came when he got a grant from the University of Pennsylvania. Then, he moved to the United States and acquired a Bachelor of Science qualification in Physics. He proceeded with his training further, acquiring himself a Bachelors of Science qualification from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

He started a Ph.D. in connected physical science and material sciences at Stanford University in 1995 yet dropped out following two days to seek after an enterprising vocation. As published in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Elon Musk accepted that the Internet, sustainable power source and space travel would be the ones having the greatest effect on the lives of the individuals in future.

As chosen the three noteworthy subjects of worry for giving his life's central goal to, Elon Musk, alongside his brother Kimbal Musk, began an organization named 'Zip2'. Elon Musk dropped out of the Applied Physics and material science program at Stanford University only two days in the wake of beginning this new pursuit known as Zip2.

Elon Musk story

Elon Musk's Business Ventures

Elon Musk has evolved different and distinct categories of his comprehensive business field. From automobile miracles to secured money handful-application, from artificial intelligence(AI) research organization to uplifted propagation throughout the space, Musk has achieved feet everywhere with his proficient signature and discretion. Those catalysts of his supremacy are listed below-


Zip2 Logo
Zip2 logo

In 1995, Musk with his brother Kimbal Musk, began a web programming organization - Zip2,  with cash raised from a little gathering of holy messenger investors. The organization created and advertised an Internet city control for the newspaper distributing industry with maps, directions and yellow pages. Zip2 enabled all real print distributions to offer extra business administrations to their clients.

Musk got contracts with The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Musk convinced the governing body to devise plans for a merger with CitySearch. While at Zip2, Musk wanted to move toward becoming CEO but board members opposed.

In February 1999, Compaq, a noteworthy web crawler at that point, procured this IT organization - Zip2 for US $307 million in cash and US $34 million in stock options. The deal made it one of the greatest money acquisitions in those days. Musk got US $22 million for his 7% share from the sale.

X.com and PayPal

Elon Musk x.com & paypal
Logo of x.com and PayPal

In March 1999, Musk established X.com, an online budgetary administrations and email payment company with US$10 million from the closeout of Zip2. One year later, the organization merged with Confinity, which had payment service application called PayPal.

After merging, they concentrated on the PayPal administration and was renamed PayPal in 2001. PayPal's initial development was driven essentially by a viral showcasing effort where new clients were selected when they got cash through the service. Musk was removed in October 2000 from his job as CEO because of conflicts with other organization authority.

Musk wished to to move PayPal's Unix-based foundation to Microsoft Windows, which was opposed by all. In October 2002, eBay acquired PayPal for US $1.5 billion in stock, of which Musk got US$165 million. Before its deal, Musk, who was the organization's biggest investor, claimed 11.7% of PayPal's shares.

In July 2017, Musk bought the domain X.com back from PayPal for an undisclosed sum, expressing that it has sentimental value to him.


In 2001, Musk considered Mars Oasis, an undertaking to send a small test nursery on Mars, in the hopes of revolutionizing the aerospace industry and making affordable spaceflight a reality. In February 2002, Elon Musk came to Russia to search for three ICBMs(missiles), bringing along Mike Griffin. Griffin had worked for the CIA's investment arm, In-Q-Tel, just as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was simply leaving Orbital Sciences, a producer of satellites and rocket.

Kosmotras, a Russian Space Company, offered one rocket for US $8 million. But Musk found it excessively costly and refused to purchase it. While on the trip back from Moscow, Musk understood that he could begin an organization that could manufacture the moderate rockets he needed. Musk calculated that the raw materials needed to structure a rocket really were just 3% of the commercial cost of a rocket at the time.

In 2002, Musk ultimately established SpaceX with the long term objective of making a genuine spacefaring civilization. With US$100 million of his initial fortune, Musk established Space Exploration Technologies or SpaceX, in May 2002. Musk is CEO and boss innovation official (CTO) of the California-based SpaceX organization.

Spacex logo
Logo of SpaceX

SpaceX creates and makes space dispatch vehicles with an emphasis on propelling the condition of rocket innovation. The organization's initial two dispatch vehicles were the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 rockets (a gesture to Star Wars' Millennium Falcon) and its first shuttle is the Dragon (a gesture to Puff the Magic Dragon).

In seven years, SpaceX planned the group of Falcon dispatch vehicles and the Dragon multipurpose spacecraft. In September 2008, SpaceX's Falcon 1 rocket turned into the main privately financed fluid-powered vehicle to place a satellite into Earth orbit. On May 25, 2012, the SpaceX Dragon vehicle berthed with the International Space Station(ISS), impacting the world forever as the primary business organization to dispatch and compartment a vehicle to the ISS.

In 2006, SpaceX was granted an agreement from NASA to proceed with the improvement and trial of the SpaceX Falcon 9 dispatch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft so as to ship freight to the International Space Station. It was followed by a US $1.6 billion NASA Commercial Resupply Services program contract on December 23, 2008, for 12 flights of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon shuttle to the Space Station.

On December 22, 2015, SpaceX effectively handled the principal phase of its Falcon rocket back at the platform. This was the first run in history such an accomplishment had been accomplished by an orbital rocket. It became the first step towards rocket reusability, bringing down the expenses of access to space.

In the entire year of 2017, SpaceX launched its eighteen Falcon 9 flights, successfully, which are more than the previous year’s 8 flights. On February 6, 2018, SpaceX effectively launched the Falcon Heavy, the fourth-highest capacity rocket ever built and the most powerful rocket in activity in 2018. The debut mission carried a Musk’s Tesla Roadster as a dummy payload.

Today, SpaceX is both the biggest private maker of rocket motors on the planet and holder of the record for the most noteworthy push to-weight proportion for a rocket motor (the Merlin 1D). SpaceX has created in excess of 100 operational Merlin 1D motors. Every Merlin 1D motor can vertically lift the heaviness of 40 normal family vehicles.

Tesla Motors

Tesla Logo
Logo of Tesla, Inc. 

Tesla, Inc. (initially Tesla Motors) was established in July 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. They financed the organization until the Series A series of funding. The two men were actively involved in company’s development. In February 2004, Musk joint Tesla's board of directors as its chairman and led the Series A round of investment.

Musk played a functioning job inside the organization and supervised Roadster item structure at a definite level, yet was not profoundly engaged with everyday business operations. Following the money related emergency in 2008 and after a progression of raising clashes in 2007, Eberhard was expelled from the firm. Musk expected initiative of the organization as CEO and item engineer, positions which he holds even today.

In 2008, Tesla Motors initially built an electric sports car, the Tesla Roadster, with sales of 2,500 vehicles to 31 nations. On June 22, 2012, Tesla started conveyance of its four-door Model S car. On February 9, 2012, it uncovered its third item, the Model X for the SUV/minivan market but Model X dispatch was postponed until September 2015.

Tesla's income in 2018 was $21.46 billion. In 2013, Tesla's Model S was the first electric vehicle to get the Car of the Year Award by Motor Trend. Over the most recent four months of 2018, Tesla's US piece of the overall industry was about 2%. It costs $13.66 to completely charge a Tesla Model X at home.

The general Tesla total assets was evaluated to be $2.2 billion of every 2018 dependent on its income and benefits. Nearly 75% of every single electric vehicle sold in the US in 2019's first quarter were Teslas. Tesla saw income of $21.461 billion out of 2018. The total assets of Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, was $18.1 billion as of May 2019.

Tesla recently saw a surge of 4.8% in the share price helping Elon Musk surpass Jeff Bezos to become the richest man in the world.

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The Boring Company

The Boring Company logo elon musk
Logo of The Boring Company

In December 2016, Elon Musk founded infrastructure and tunnel construction services company, The Boring Company also known as TBC. Musk has experienced difficulty with Los Angeles traffic and limitations with the current two-dimensional transportation network. This led to the inspiration for the project.

The Boring Company currently has active construction and is planning future projects in the Los Angeles and Baltimore–Washington areas. They have also been selected to build a downtown-to-airport loop by a government program for high-speed transport in Chicago. There have been three boring tunnel projects proposed in the Los Angeles area out of which one test tunnel was completed in November 2018

Though, The Boring Company was initially formed in December 2016 as a subsidiary of SpaceX, it become a separate and fully independent company in 2018. In this, 90% of the equity was owned by Musk and 6% held by SpaceX as return for the use of SpaceX resources during the initial startup of the company. Outside investments during 2019 have changed the equity split.

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Future Plans of Elon Musk

Elon Musk has never made his desire to make people a "multi-planetary animal types". Colonizing Mars would be a decent start as per Musk. In September 2017, at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide he unveild his arrangement to send payload delivers there in the following 5 years. By expansion, he trusts that people will settle the planet when 2024.

Elon's Hyperloop has been contrasted by him with a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table". The plan is to eventually give a methods for movement that should have the option to surpass 1124 km/h and all underground.

At present two courses are being developed - between Los Angeles and San Francisco and between New York and Washington D.C. When complete these excursions should take close to 30 minutes utilizing Hyperloop.

At the point when 12 youngsters and their football (soccer) mentor were caught in an overwhelmed collapse Thailand, Elon and his group developed an apparently insane thought. The arrangement, clearly, was to construct a tyke estimated submarine. The sub was structured and worked in record time utilizing extra rocket parts. Regardless of this, the salvage groups esteemed it unrealistic and finished the mission without it. "Pedo fellow" aftermath aside Thai military authorities accept the submarine could have utility in future.


Who is the CEO of Tesla 2021?

Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla.

What did Elon Musk study?

He is a Bachelor of Science qualification in Physics and has an undergraduate degree in economics.

What's Elon Musk's IQ?

His IQ is estimated to be 155 IQ.

Why Elon Musk is famous?

Elon Musk has founded the electronic payment firm PayPal and spacecraft company SpaceX. He is the CEO of the electric-car maker company Tesla.

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