Elon Musk, born on June 28, 1971, is a prominent businessman and investor known for his involvement in various groundbreaking ventures. He holds several key positions across multiple companies:SpaceX: Musk is the founder, chairman, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX, a company focused on spaceflight services. Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and later moved to Canada, where he acquired citizenship through his mother. He pursued studies at several universities, including the University of Pretoria, Queen's University, and the University of Pennsylvania, before dropping out of Stanford University to pursue entrepreneurial ventures. His entrepreneurial journey began with the co-founding of Zip2, an online city guide software company, which was later acquired by Compaq. He then co-founded X.com, which eventually became PayPal after a merger with Confinity. With the proceeds from the sale of PayPal, Musk founded SpaceX in 2002, followed by investments in Tesla Motors (now Tesla, Inc.) and SolarCity. He has also been involved in other ventures such as proposing the hyperloop transportation system and acquiring Twitter. Musk's outspoken nature and controversial statements have made him a polarizing figure. He has faced criticism for misinformation regarding COVID-19 and other topics. Additionally, his tenure as the owner of Twitter has been marked by controversies over hate speech and misinformation on the platform. Despite facing legal challenges and controversies, Musk remains one of the most influential figures in the technology and business sectors, with a net worth estimated in the billions.
The American Time magazine has named Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Innovation of 2021. Along with Buterin, Time's innovators include Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang and Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.