Elon Musk Turns 50 | Here's a Timeline of His Achievements
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Elon Musk has just turned 50 on June 28, 2021 and although the Tesla CEO is very well known in the public's eye as of the moment for Tesla, SpaceX, and even Bitcoin and Doge, not a lot of people know the story behind this eccentric billionaire before 2020 (when everyone knew him). Check out how the young Elon Musk excelled at a very early age, according to Popular Times.

Elon Musk Timeline of Accomplishments

June 28, 1971

Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa.


Elon Musk's parents divorced.


Elon Musk started becoming interested in computing with the Commodore VIC-20 and even taught himself computer programming.


By age 12, Elon Musk sold his first ever game "Blastar" to a magazine that was called PC and Office Technology for $500.

June 1989

Elon Musk, age 17, had to move to Canada in order to attend Queen's University. He planned to go to the United States and it was easier coming from Canada.


Elon Musk studied Business and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania graduating with an undergraduate degree in economics and was able to stay for a second bachelor's degree in studying physics.


Elon Musk started an internet city guide web software company Zip2 with his brother Kimbal.

February 1999

Zip2 was sold to Compaq for $307 million USD.

March 1999

Elon Musk cofounded X.com with $10 million coming from the sale of Zip2


X.com merged with Confinity in order to form PayPal. Elon Musk married his first wife Justine Wilson whom he met at Ontario's Queen's University.

Elon Musk lost his infant son Nevada Alexander Musk at 10 weeks old.

October 2000

Elon Musk got fired as CEO of PayPal over his desire for PayPal's Unix-based infrastructure to be moved to Microsoft Windows.


Elon Musk started conceptualizing the Mars Oasis in an attempt to raise public interest in space exploration.

October 2021

Elon Musk travelled to Moscow, Russia to buy refurbished Dnepr Intercontinental ballistic missiles or ICBMs which could send potential payloads into space. Elon Musk, however, went back to the United States empty-handed.

February 2002

Elon Musk decided to build affordable rockets by starting a company.

May 2002

Elon Musk founded SpaceX with $100 million USD of his own project becoming CEO and CTO.

October 2002

eBay bought PayPal for $1.5 billion USD. Elon Musk got $165 million.

July 2003

Tesla had become incorporated.


Elon Musk's wife gave birth to two sons, twins, through in vitro fertilization.

February 2004

Elon Musk joined Tesla's board of directors as Chairman leading the Series A round of investment.


Elon Musk's wife gave birth to three sons through in vitro fertilizations. Triplets

Elon Musk provided the financial capital and concept for SolarCity which were founded by his cousins Pete Rive and Lyndon.

SpaceX started to get various contracts from NASA to send cargo and astronauts to the ISS.


Elon Musk became CEO and product architect of Tesla.


Musk and wife Justine got divorced.


Elon Musk married English actress Talulah Riley.

The Musk Foundation with Solar City donated a 25-kW solar power system to the official South Bay Community Alliance's hurricane response center in Coden, Alabama.


Elon Musk announced plans to send humans to Mars in 10-20 years.

July 2011

The Musk Foundation donated $250,000 to a solar power project in Soma, Japan, after a tsunami.


SolarCity and Tesla collaboration for better electric vehicle batteries.

May 25, 2012

SpaceX Dragon docked on the ISS.


SolarCity became the world's second largest solar power provider.

August 12, 2013

Elon Musk revealed his concept for hush-speed transportation through reduced-pressure tubes.


Elon Musk announced open-sourcing Tesla technology allowing anyone to use them.

June 17, 2014

SolarCity advanced production facility to be built in Buffalo, New York. Completed in 2017.


Made a The Simpsons cameo in an episode titled "The Musk Who Fell to Earth."

January 2015

Held Hyperloop design competition.

November 2015

Made a cameo in The Big Bang Theory.

December 2015

Elon Musk announced the creation of OpenAI.


Elon Musk started dating Amber Heard (aquaman)

SolarCity was acquired by Tesla.

Neuralink was co-founded by Musk.

Musk owned 54% of SpaceX stocks giving him 78% voting shares.

September 2016

Elon Musk revealed plans of colonizing Mars.

May 12, 2017

The Hyperloop test run began in Nevada.


Elon Musk left OpenAI to avoid possible conflicts as Tesla CEO

May 7, 2018

Musk started dating Canadian musician Grimes, according to Cosmopolitan.

July 2018

Built a small rescue pod to help the Tham Luang cave rescue. The submarine, however, was unused.

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September 2018

Charged by SEC for tweet about taking Tesla private costing him and the company $20 million.

September 2018

Elon Musk warns about AI.

October 2018

The Musk Foundation donated over $480,000 to help install water fountains with filtration systems at all Flint, Michigan schools.

October 2018

Filed for an "intent to use" TM application for Teslaquila.

January 2019

Elon Musk went to China for the groundbreaking of the new Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai.

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