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Birth and Early Life

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

Initial Education

Musk briefly attended the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Migration to Canada

At the age of 18, Musk moved to Canada and acquired citizenship through his Canadian-born mother.

Queen's University

Two years after moving to Canada, Musk matriculated at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

University of Pennsylvania

Musk later transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned two bachelor's degrees.

Degrees Earned

At the University of Pennsylvania, Musk received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School.

Move to California

In 1995, Musk moved to California with the intention to attend Stanford University.

Brief Stint at Stanford

Musk's time at Stanford was short-lived as he dropped out after just two days.


Before dropping out of Stanford, in 1994, Musk held two internships in Silicon Valley: one at Pinnacle Research Institute and another at Rocket Science Games.

Decision to Join the Internet Boom

Instead of pursuing his PhD at Stanford, Musk decided to join the Internet boom of the 1990s, which eventually led to his entrepreneurial journey starting with the co-founding of Zip2.