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Happy Birthday, Elon Musk

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June 28, 2021 / 01:07 PM IST
Elon Musk denied that Tesla uses a large amount of cobalt in the production of lithium-ion cells, which are used in electric vehicles. (Illustration: Moneycontrol)

Elon Musk denied that Tesla uses a large amount of cobalt in the production of lithium-ion cells, which are used in electric vehicles. (Illustration: Moneycontrol)


Businessman Elon Musk turns 50 today, and congratulatory messages on Twitter have started poring in.

We take a quick look at his career so far, and some great photos of him in Twitter birthday wishes, as we join the others to wish him a happy 50th.

  • Musk's first business venture after college was Zip 2, which he launched with his brother, Kimbal, and Greg Kouri. Compaq acquired that company for $307 million in 1999.

  • Musk's online bank X.com, founded in 1999, became part of PayPal in 2000. eBay bought PayPal for $1.5 billion in 2002.

  • In 2002, Musk founded SpaceX, a "space transport services" firm.

  • In 2004, he joined Tesla Motors as chairman and product architect - the company had been incorporated earlier in July 2003, by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. Musk became CEO of Tesla in 2008.

  • In 2006, Musk helped his cousins Peter and Lyndon Rive set up SolarCity which was later acquired by Tesla. Today, the company is known as Tesla Energy.

  • Musk co-founded the not-for-profit OpenAI in 2015, to build artificial intelligence that is beneficial and friendly to humans.

  • Neuralink, the company that is focusing on the interface between our brains and computers, came a year later in 2016.

  • Tunnel construction company, The Boring Company, opened in December 2016.


In 2019, Musk launched and then backed out of a digital media venture called Thud. Since 2019, Musk has also been releasing music - albeit sporadically. His 'RIP Harambe' on SoundCloud and EDM track 'Don't Doubt Ur Vibe', have received mixed reviews.

With his latest project, Spacelink, Musk wants to link everyone on earth of high-speed internet. Two days before his birthday, he announced on Twitter that the service now has 69,420 active users - a growth of 6x in roughly five months.

Birthday wish

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What does Musk want for this milestone birthday? On June 27, 2021, shared his birthday wish with his Twitter followers. "Starship Super Heavy".

SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell had on June 25 reportedly said in the virtual International Space Development Conference that SpaceX is “shooting for July” to send its Starship spacecraft, aided by a Super Heavy booster, into space for its first orbital test flight.

Now, on to the birthday wishes (and photographs taken at different ages) that are poring in for Musk - now also known as DogeFather:






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first published: Jun 28, 2021 12:46 pm
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