Kimbal Musk (born September 20, 1972) is a South African-born American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and restaurateur.
September 20, 1972|
Pretoria, South Africa
|Alma mater||Queen's University (1995)|
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, venture capitalist, environmentalist, restauranter|
|Spouse(s)||Christiana Wyly (m. 2018)|
Musk has been cited as a "global social entrepreneur" for his work to "pursue an America where everyone has access to real food." He is considered a "founding father of the modern food movement" and one of the "top people changing food in America." He owns The Kitchen Cafe, LLC, a family of community restaurants located across the American Heartland in Colorado, Chicago, Memphis, and Indianapolis.
He co-founded Big Green, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has built hundreds of outdoor classrooms called "Learning Gardens" in schoolyards. Musk also co-founded Square Roots, an urban farming accelerator in Brooklyn, NY. He currently sits on the boards of Tesla Inc., SpaceX, and Chipotle Mexican Grill. He is the younger brother of billionaire businessman Elon Musk and a major Tesla shareholder.
Musk grew up in an ambitious household, with his brother Elon, sister Tosca, and many cousins. His mother, Maye Musk, was a prominent dietician, and his father had his own engineering practice. After finishing high school in Pretoria, South Africa, Musk left to meet his brother in Kingston, Ontario and enrolled in university to pursue a degree in business at Queen's University. While in school, Musk first worked at Scotiabank. He graduated with his degree from Queen's University in 1995.
Musk's first entrepreneurship venture was a residential painting business with College Pro Painters in 1995, the same year he and his elder brother, Elon started their second company, Zip2. Zip2 Corporation was an online city guide that provided content for the new online versions of the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune newspapers. The company was sold in 1999 to Compaq for $307 million.
After selling Zip2, Musk invested in several young software and technology companies. Musk was an early investor in his brother’s venture X.com, an online financial services and email payments company. X.com merged with PayPal, which in October 2002 was acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion in stock.
While Elon stayed in California, Kimbal moved to New York and enrolled into the French Culinary Institute in New York City. In April 2004, Musk opened The Kitchen Boulder, a community bistro in Boulder, Colorado with Jen Lewin and Hugo Matheson. The Kitchen has been named one of "America’s Top Restaurants" according to Food & Wine, Zagat’s, Gourmet, OpenTable, and the James Beard Foundation.
Musk and Matheson expanded their restaurant for the first time and opened The Kitchen Upstairs, a cocktail lounge, which is located directly above The Kitchen Boulder. From 2006 to 2011 Musk served as the CEO of OneRiot, an advertising network for the real-time, social web. In September 2011 Walmart-Labs acquired OneRiot for an undisclosed purchase price.
In 2011, Next Door opened in downtown Boulder as an Urban Casual, American eatery and is located right next door to the west of the original restaurant on Pearl Street Mall. Next Door has locations in Glendale Stapleton, and Denver Union Station. In 2012, The Kitchen Denver opened on the 16th Street Mall and expanded the restaurants' community to Denver.
After seven years of supporting the Growe Foundation to plant school gardens in the Boulder community, Musk and Matheson established The Kitchen Community 501c3 nonprofit to help connect kids to real food by creating Learning Gardens in schools across America. Learning Gardens teach children an understanding of food, healthy eating, lifestyle choices and environment through lesson plans and activities that tie into existing school curriculum, such as math, science and literacy.
Each of The Kitchen restaurants donates a percentage of sales to help plant Learning Gardens in their local community. In 2012, The Kitchen Community built 26 gardens in Colorado, 16 in Chicago, and 12 more around the USA.
In December 2012, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel handed The Kitchen Community nonprofit $1 million to install 80 gardens in Chicago city schools. On February 2, 2015, The Kitchen Community celebrated its 200 Learning Garden build at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, a high school in Los Angeles Unified School District which also marked the District's first SEEDS Project.
By the end of 2015, four years after its founding, The Kitchen Community had built 260 Learning Gardens across Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Memphis. In January 2018, The Kitchen Community (TKC), expanded into a national nonprofit called Big Green and announced its seventh city, Detroit, to build outdoor Learning Garden classrooms in 100 schools across the Motor City.
Musk was divorced and has three children. As of 2015[update], he lives in Boulder, Colorado. In April 2018, he married Christiana Wyly, environmental activist and heiress daughter of billionaire Sam Wyly.
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