Extraordinary life: Elon Musk
The brain behind SpaceX and Tesla Motors, South African-born entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk is one of the world's most powerful people.
Extreme adventurer and explorer Alex Harris and tech entrepreneur Matthew Buckland discuss the extraordinary life of Elon Musk in this podcast.
Musk is the founder, CEO and CTO of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) which aims to reduce space transportation costs to enable the colonisation of Mars. He is also the founder, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors which designs, manufactures and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components, and is the chairperson of SolarCity, a provider of energy services.
In 1995, Musk started his first successful business - Zip2, a web software company. He co-founded PayPal, which was sold to eBay in 2002 for US$1.5-billion in stock. He has also envisioned a conceptual high-speed transportation system, known as the Hyperloop.
The modern-day inspiration behind Iron Man, Musk has a close relationship with the likes of President Barack Obama, and has a net worth of around $7.9-billion.
Extreme adventurer and explorer Alex Harris champions Elon Musk and tells us why he is so inspired by the tech titan. Harris has climbed the seven summits of Mount Everest and the highest mountains on all seven continents. In 2008 Alex became the first African to walk unsupported to the South Pole and made the first unsupported crossing of the Arabian Desert.
Tech entrepreneur Matthew Buckland is the brains behind Creative Spark, a digital agency that publishes Memeburn. Buckland was voted one of "South Africa’s top 100 most influential media and advertising people" by The Annual. He says Musk’s South African background was key to his astonishing success.
Extraordinary Lives is a biographical podcast series that celebrates the contribution that remarkable people have made to South Africa and the world. A well-known guest discusses the life of an extraordinary person who has inspired them. Extraordinary Lives is inspired by the BBC's "Great Lives" and is presented by Jonathan Ancer. It is produced by Triple World Score Media.