Check out Elon Musk’s most significant accomplishments as he turns 51 today

On June 28, Elon Musk will turn 51 years old, and thanks to his accomplishments, he is currently regarded as the world’s most successful tech investor and entrepreneur.

On June 28, Elon Musk will turn 51 years old, and thanks to his accomplishments, he is currently regarded as the world’s most successful tech investor and entrepreneur. His businesses have upended a number of important sectors, and they are still working toward higher objectives. Elon Musk has built a number of successful businesses over his career, from the online business directory Zip 2 to the space exploration company SpaceX, and he serves as an inspiration to a whole generation of aspiring businesspeople. CNBCTV18.com has chosen a few of the most significant achievements of the richest man in the world on his 51st birthday. To learn more, keep reading.

1. Acquisition of Zip 2 by Compaq (1999)

Zip 2 was purchased by Compaq in 1999. Musk and his brother founded Zip2 as an internet substitute for the traditional paper yellow pages. They traded it to Compaq Computer Corporation for more than $300 million.

2. X.com

Musk co-founded the online financial services business e-payment startup X.com with $10 million of the money he made from selling Zip2. The board of X.com fired Musk after a merger with Confinity and changed the company’s name to PayPal. Musk made $180 million from the sale of PayPal to eBay in 2002, which paid $1.5 billion for the service.

3. Space X

With $100 million of the proceeds from the PayPal sale, Musk established Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, in the early months of 2002. His plans included colonising Mars and ten-folding the cost of space travel. According to accounts, the space exploration corporation grew into a $125 billion juggernaut after receiving numerous contracts from NASA over the following few years. By 2015, SpaceX had conducted 24 launches for NASA under a variety of contracts, breaking numerous records in the process. A reusable orbital rocket performed its maiden successful ocean landing with the SpaceX Falcon 9 later that year.

4. Tesla

Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning launched the electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla in 2003. In 2004, they took control of the company. In 2004, Musk joined the Tesla board as chairman and oversaw the series A round of fundraising for the company. Eberhard was fired from Tesla in 2007 and Musk was appointed CEO in his place.

5. OpenAI

Musk co-founded OpenAI, a non-profit organisation devoted to artificial intelligence research, in late 2015.

6. SolarCity Acquisition (2016)

In 2006, Musk came up with the concept for a solar energy business and provided his cousins Peter and Lyndon Rive with the startup cash to launch the business, SolarCity. SolarCity was acquired by Tesla for $2.6 billion in November 2016.

7. Neuralink

With the intention of developing “brain-machine interfaces,” or BMIs, that can be surgically implanted into the skull or the body, Musk co-founded another research company, Neuralink.

8. Twitter Bid (2022)

Musk eventually purchased enough shares in Twitter in 2022 to become the company’s largest shareholder. Then he made a $44 billion acquisition bid for Twitter. The acquisition agreement was accepted by the Twitter board in April, but the process is still ongoing. He intends to turn Twitter into a platform for free speech, make the algorithms open source to boost trust, and eradicate spam if the purchase is approved.