Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and holds both South African and Canadian citizenship in addition to his American citizenship

Musk's first successful company, Zip2, which he sold for almost $300 million, provided online business directories and maps to newspapers

Musk is a huge fan of science fiction and named SpaceX's autonomous drone ships after the sentient spaceships in Iain M. Banks' Culture series

 Musk almost died from malaria while visiting Brazil in his early twenties, but survived after receiving treatment and has since donated millions to help fight the disease

He has four brothers and sisters, and his brother Kimbal Musk is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist

In addition to SpaceX, Musk is also the CEO of Tesla, Neuralink, and The Boring Company

Musk has stated that he has Asperger's syndrome, a type of autism, and believes it has helped him think creatively and outside the box

In 2018, Musk sold $10 million worth of flamethrowers under his company The Boring Company, which was actually just a modified roofing torch

Musk played a cameo in the 2010 superhero film Iron Man 2, where he appears as himself and reveals that he is the inspiration behind the movie's protagonist Tony Stark

Musk has said that he wants to create a city on Mars that is powered entirely by sustainable energy sources and has a population of at least one million people