The SpaceX founder, 47, regularly sits in the world’s lists of the most rich and powerful.
South African Mr Musk is acknowledged as a revolutionary force in aerospace services, combining his engineering skills with visionary ideals.
He is best known for founding the rocket company SpaceX and for being CEO of Tesla.
The two are inextricably linked after Mr Musk jetted a red Tesla Roadstar with a dummy driver as a payload into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket on February 6, 2018.
How much is Elon Musk worth? How much does he earn from Tesla?
Elon Musk is a billionaire and one of the richest people on Earth.
Forbes estimated his net worth to be $19.9bn in March 2018, but his real time net worth as of July 16, 2018 was estimated to be $19.7bn.
Mr Musk sits at 54th on the Business magazine’s 2018 list of richest billionaires – the richest person is tech entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
He bought $9.85m worth of shares in Tesla in May, giving him a 20 percent stake in the company, according to Bloomberg analysis.
Tesla’s valuation has risen and fallen but was $52.23bn at the time of writing.
Forbes valued SpaceX at more than $20bn in July.
Who is Elon Musk?
Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Mr Musk was the eldest of three children, followed by his brother, Kimbal, and sister Tosca.
He was raised by his mother Maye, a model and dietician, plus his father Errol, an engineer before they divorced.
The young Musk was severely bullied at school and was even beaten unconscious one time by a group of boys, landing him in hospital.
He developed a talent for computer programming at an early age, teaching himself to program at age nine.
Aged 17, he moved to Canada and studied physics at Queen’s University in Ontario before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania for his final year.
He made his first millions in the Dotcom boom, founding web software company Zip2 with his brother Kimbal in 1995.
His X.com company was snapped up by investors for £1.4 billion in 2002 – it later became PayPal.
Source : EXPRESS