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Unknown billionaire takes out world's most expensive life insurance policy

Unknown billionaire takes out world's most expensive life insurance policy

March 18 (UPI) -- An unknown Silicon Valley billionaire just purchased the world's most expensive life insurance for $201 million.
Aileen Graef
New York car dealers press for ban on Tesla's direct sales

New York car dealers press for ban on Tesla's direct sales

ALBANY, N.Y., March 14 (UPI) -- New York auto dealers want the state to ban the direct sale of Tesla all-electric cars to shoppers.
SpaceX's Elon Musk chides Senate for paying too much for launches

SpaceX's Elon Musk chides Senate for paying too much for launches

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- Elon Musk accused Congress of wasting money that could be better spent on innovation by vastly overpaying for each space launch.
Gabrielle Levy
Tesla to offer $1.6B in bonds to fund battery factory

Tesla to offer $1.6B in bonds to fund battery factory

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Tesla Motors will issue $1.6 billion in bonds to fund its battery factory, aimed at manufacturing low-cost batteries.
Ananth Baliga

Analysts see battery plant as pivotal to Tesla's future

NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Investment analysts said Tesla's imminent plans for a large-scale battery factory will be pivotal to the growth of the electric-car company.
Apple M&A head met Tesla CEO Elon Musk last spring

Apple M&A head met Tesla CEO Elon Musk last spring

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A secret meeting between Apple's M&A head Adrian Perica and Tesla CEO Elon Musk last spring has the industry speculating about the outcome.
Ananth Baliga
Chicago Auto Show, Tesla's cross country trek

Chicago Auto Show, Tesla's cross country trek

The Chicago Auto Show is known as a "consumers" show, and this year it's good to be in the market for a new vehicle.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Tesla stock jumps 16 percent as Musk blasts 'recall'

Tesla stock jumps 16 percent as Musk blasts 'recall'

Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Tesla Motors saw its stock skyrocket 16 percent Tuesday after CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to contest a report that thousands of its vehicles were being recalled and the company announced stronger sales than expected.
Gabrielle Levy

Tesla stock up 16 percent after it announces higher deliveries

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The stock price of U.S. electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. jumped almost 16 percent Tuesday after the company reported higher production.
Automakers, feds tackle drunken driving, Tesla rebounds

Automakers, feds tackle drunken driving, Tesla rebounds

Drunken driving and the holidays, unfortunately, go together like fruit and nuts. The holiday period can be a dangerous time to get around.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer

NASA selects SpaceX to operate historic launch pad

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk of PayPal, has been awarded control of Launch Pad 39A, where many historic U.S. space missions began.
SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket

Dec. 4 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on the third try, and carried an SES satellite into geostationary orbit after two aborted attempts last week -- the first time SpaceX has placed a satellite at that altitude.
Ananth Baliga
SpaceX plans fourth launch attempt on Tuesday

SpaceX plans fourth launch attempt on Tuesday

Dec. 2 (UPI) -- SpaceX will make a fourth attempt to launch its Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday after pushing back an attempted launch on Monday.
Ananth Baliga
SpaceX postpones launch of Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX postpones launch of Falcon 9 rocket

Nov. 26 (UPI) -- SpaceX tried to launch an SES television satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday, when three failed attempts led to the company to postpone the launch to Thursday.
Ananth Baliga
SpaceX to launch satellite to open up space launch market

SpaceX to launch satellite to open up space launch market

Nov. 25 (UPI) -- SpaceX launches its Falcon 9 rocket Monday to put the SES-8 satellite in orbit, opening up the global market for launching satellites.
Ananth Baliga
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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) tours the commercial rocket processing facility of Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, along with Elon Musk, SpacdeX CEO at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 15, 2010. President Obama visited the Kennedy Space Center to deliver remarks on the new course the administration is charting to maintain U.S. leadership in human space flight. UPI/Bill Ingalls/NASA
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Elon Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-American engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for co-founding PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. He is currently the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. According to Jon Favreau, director of the Iron Man movies, Musk is the inspiration for his and Robert Downey Jr.'s interpretation of Tony Stark.

Musk was born and raised in South Africa, the son of a South African engineer and a Canadian mother who worked as a New York City dietitian and model. Musk bought his first computer at age 10 and taught himself how to program; by the age of 12 he sold his first commercial software for about $500, a space game called Blastar.

After matriculating at Pretoria Boys High School he left home in 1988 at the age of 17, without his parents' support and in part because of the prospect of compulsory service in the South African military: "I don't have an issue with serving in the military per se, but serving in the South African army suppressing black people just didn't seem like a really good way to spend time." He wanted to move to the US, saying: "It is where great things are possible."

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