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Elon Musk is predicted to become the world's first trillionaire, thanks to SpaceX. Here's how the dual CEO went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and...

Elon Musk is predicted to become the world's first trillionaire, thanks to SpaceX. Here's how the dual CEO went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and...


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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is worth $242 billion.




He who was born in South Africa, has been married three times, and has six sons.




Musk is a controversial leader who has incited lawsuits and SEC investigations.




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Elon Musk may already be the world's richest person. But if one analyst's prediction comes true, he could become the world's first trillionaire. Morgan Stanley Adam Jonas wrote this week that Musk could be the first person to reach trillionaire status, not because of Tesla, the publicly traded company he runs, but because of his private space venture, SpaceX. But SpaceX is just a piece of the pie for Musk. Over the past five decades, he's become the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, founder of The Boring Company, and cofounder of OpenAI and Neuralink, all while focused on his long-term goal: escaping Earth and colonizing Mars.In fact, between space rockets, electric cars, solar batteries, and the billions he's made along the way, Musk is basically a real-life Tony Stark, which is why he served as an inspiration for Marvel's 2008 "Iron Man" film. But it hasn't always been a smooth road for Musk - he almost went broke more than once and incited lawsuits and government scrutiny.Here's how he became one of the most beloved and controversial figures in the world of business. This is an update to an article originally published in August 2016. Katie Canales and Matt Weinberger contributed to an earlier version of this story.

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa.

Elon Musk is predicted to become the world's first trillionaire, thanks to SpaceX. Here's how the dual CEO went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and...

A general view of the Union Building is seen in Pretoria, South Africa.
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