CEO Today Top 50 – Elon Musk
CEO Top 50
Name: Elon Musk
Net worth: $21.5 billion
Bio: At the age of 12, Elon Musk taught himself computer programming. He founded SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, in May 2002, and is CEO and lead designer today. He also co-founded Tesla Inc. in 2003, an electric vehicle and solar panel manufacturer of which he is its CEO and product architect.
Musk reported that his goals for SpaceX, Tesla and SolarCity revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity moving forward. These goals include the reduction of global warming through the production of sustainable energy and reducing the “risk of human extinction” via the contact and establishment of human inhabitation on Mars.
Similar to Steve Jobs and other CEOs, Musk’s annual salary is one dollar as of 2014, with the remainder of his compensation coming in the form of bonuses and stock.
Business Insider named Musk among the ‘Top 10 Business Visionaries Creating Value for the World’ along with Mark Zuckerberg and Sal Khan In June 2016. In December that year, he was ranked 21st on Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People. Musk was then ranked 3rd by Richtopia in the list of 200 Most Influential Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs in March 2017.