In 1995, at age 24, Musk moved to California to begin a Ph D in applied physics and materials science at Stanford University, but left the program after two days to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations in the areas of the internet, renewable energy and outer space. The merged company focused on the Pay Pal service and was renamed Pay Pal in 2001.
Pay Pal's early growth was driven mainly by a viral marketing campaign where new customers were recruited when they received money through the service.
Space X intends to launch a Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon Heavy in 2018 to soft-land on Mars – this is intended to be the first of a regular cargo mission supply-run to Mars building up to later crewed flights.
An asteroid or a super volcano could destroy us, and we face risks the dinosaurs never saw: an engineered virus, inadvertent creation of a micro black hole, catastrophic global warming or some as-yet-unknown technology could spell the end of us.As of October 2017, Musk has an estimated net worth of .8 billion, ranking in the 2017 Forbes 400 as the 21st wealthiest person in America.In March 2016, he was listed by Forbes as the 80th-wealthiest person in the world. In addition to his primary business pursuits, he has envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a vertical take-off and landing supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet.Musk is chief executive officer (CEO) and chief technology officer (CTO) of the Hawthorne, California-based company.Space X develops and manufactures space launch vehicles with a focus on advancing the state of rocket technology.In February 2002, the group returned to Russia to look for three ICBMs, bringing along Mike Griffin.