How To Raise A Billionaire: An Interview With Elon Musk's Father, Errol Musk

How To Raise A Billionaire: An Interview With Elon Musk's Father, Errol Musk

Errol Musk, father of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk (photo credit Samantha Lowe)

Courtesy Errol Musk -- "Rocket Man" A two-year-old Elon Musk wearing an American football helmet brought back to him in Pretoria, South Africa by his father Errol, while on a business trip to St. Louis, Missouri. Elon Musk is best known for being the co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors, the luxury all-electric car maker. But he has bigger ideas, including one to colonize Mars.

Courtesy Errol Musk -- A two-year-old Elon Musk wearing an American football helmet brought back to him in Pretoria, South Africa by his father Errol, while on a business trip to St.

How To Raise A Billionaire: An Interview With Elon Musk's Father, Errol Musk

How To Raise A Billionaire: An Interview With Elon Musk's Father, Errol Musk

How To Raise A Billionaire: An Interview With Elon Musk& Father, Errol Musk

Courtesy Errol Musk -- Elon Musk at age four or possibly five years of age, at home in Pretoria, South Africa. Elon Musk is best known for being the co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors, the luxury all-electric car maker. But he has bigger ideas, including one to colonize Mars.

Courtesy Errol Musk -- Elon Musk at age four or possibly five years of age, at home in Pretoria, South Africa. Elon Musk is best known for being the co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors, the luxury all-electric car maker. But he has bigger ideas, including one to colonize Mars.

In 1995 Musk and his brother Kimbal started Zip2 a web software company with US$28000 of their father's (Errol Musk) money. The company developed and marketed an Internet "city guide" for the newspaper publishing industry. Musk obtained contracts with The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune and persuaded the board of directors to abandon plans for a merger with CitySearch. While at Zip2 Musk wanted to become CEO; however none of the board members would allow it. Compaq acquired Zip2 for…

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South African Errol Musk who was visiting his son Kimbal Musk in Boulder, CO on Friday, March 28, 2014. Musk is the father of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. I.

South African Errol Musk who was visiting his son Kimbal Musk in Boulder, CO on Friday, March Musk is the father of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Description of . South African Errol Musk who was visiting his son Kimbal Musk in Boulder, Colorado on Friday, March 28, 2014. Musk is the father of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. In the background is a Tesla Model S. (Denver Post Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon)

South African Errol Musk who was visiting his son Kimbal Musk in Boulder, Colorado on Friday, March Musk is the father of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. In the background is a Tesla Model S. (Denver Post Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon)

Courtesy Errol Musk -- According to Errol Musk, his son Elon was quite the accomplished fisherman. Elon is pictured here at age 11 or possibly 12 years of age holding a "Red Roman," a fish he caught on a family fishing trip in South Africa.

Courtesy Errol Musk -- According to Errol Musk, his son Elon was quite the accomplished fisherman. Elon is pictured here at age 11 or possibly 12 years of age holding a "Red Roman," a fish he caught on a family fishing trip in South Africa.

His father Errol Musk, an electronics engineer, once said, “Elon has always been an introvert thinker. So where a lot of people would go to a great party and have a great time and drink and talk about all sorts of things like rugby or sport, you would find Elon had found the person’s library and was going through their books."

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Description of . Courtesy Alexandra Musk -- Elon Musk, right, in this undated photo is shown with his younger brother Kimbal, center, and father Errol, left.

Description of . Courtesy Alexandra Musk -- Elon Musk, right, in this undated photo is shown with his younger brother Kimbal, center, and father Errol, left.

Elon Musk is the eldest son of Errol and Maye Musk, his siblings are Kimball and Tosca Musk. This is a biography of Tesla's Elon Musk's brother and sister.

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