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CEO & Co Founder
SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink and The Boring Company
As lead designer at SpaceX, Elon oversees the development of rockets and spacecraft for missions to Earth orbit and ultimately to other planets. In 2008, the SpaceX Falcon 1 was the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach orbit, and SpaceX made further history in 2017 by re-flying both a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft for the first time. Soon after, Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two, completed its first flight in 2018. By pioneering the development of reusable rockets, SpaceX is pursuing the long-term goal of making humans a multi-planet species by creating a self-sustaining city on Mars.
At Tesla, Elon oversees product design, engineering and manufacturing. Since the company’s inception in 2003, Tesla’s mission has been to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. The Roadster sports car debuted in 2008, followed by the Model S sedan in 2012 and the Model X SUV in 2015. In 2017, Tesla began delivering Model 3, a mass-market electric vehicle with over 215 miles of range and unveiled Tesla Semi. Tesla also produces a unique set of energy products – Powerwall, Powerpack, and Solar Roof – making it the world’s first vertically-integrated sustainable energy company.
Elon is also CEO of Neuralink, which is developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect the human brain to computers.
He also launched The Boring Company, which combines fast, affordable tunneling technology with an all-electric public transportation system in order to alleviate soul-crushing urban congestion and enable high-speed, long-distance travel. In 2017, the company began digging near SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
Previously, Elon co-founded and sold PayPal, the world’s leading Internet payment system, and Zip2, one of the first internet maps and directions services