The Musk family is a wealthy family that is largely active in the United States and Canada. The Musks are of Anglo-Canadian, English, Swiss, and Dutch descent. The family is known for its entrepreneurial endeavors.[2][3]

Musk
Earlier spellingsMuske
Place of origin Kingdom of England
Founded1489; 534 years ago (1489)[1]
Connected familiesHaldeman, Rive

HistoryEdit

The family traces its origins to England, where the surname was adopted by Elon Musk's paternal ancestors in the 15th century. The family was part of the small number of British immigrants to South Africa in the early-to-mid twentieth century; Elon's paternal great-grandmother was descended from Dutch Free Burghers, while his maternal great-grandparent came from Switzerland.[4] His maternal grandfather moved from Canada to South Africa around 1950.[5]

Notable membersEdit

  • Elon Musk (born 1971), entrepreneur and business magnate, CEO of SpaceX, Tesla and Twitter. He was the richest person in the world in 2022[6] and Time Magazine 2021 Person of the Year.[7]
  • Errol Musk (born 1946),[8] South African electromechanical engineer, pilot, sailor, and consultant; father of Elon Musk.[9] Errol was a property developer in South Africa, developing locations like emerald mines.[10]
  • Justine Musk (née Wilson; born 1972), Canadian author and former wife of Elon Musk.[11]
  • Kimbal Musk (born 1972), entrepreneur, philanthropist, and restaurateur. He founded Zip2 in 1998 with his brother Elon Musk and later sold it to Compaq for $307 million. He is the co-founder and chairman of Big Green.[12]
  • Maye Musk (née Haldeman; born 1948), model and dietitian. She has appeared on the cover of several magazines, including a Time magazine health edition, Women's Day, and Vogue; mother of Elon Musk.[13]
  • Tosca Musk (born 1974), filmmaker and sister of Elon Musk; she is the co-founder of Passionflix, an OTT entertainment streaming platform and production company.[14]
  • Lyndon Rive (born 1977), businessman who co-founded SolarCity and served as its CEO until 2017. He is a cousin to Elon through his mother Kaye Rive, Maye Musk's twin.[15]
  • Michael Musk (born 1952), dermatologist, younger brother of Errol Musk,[16] uncle of Elon Musk.[17]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Aus diesem Schweizer Dorf stammt Tesla-Gründer Elon Musk". Archived from the original on 2022-08-13. Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  4. ^ "Aus diesem Schweizer Dorf stammt Tesla-Gründer Elon Musk". Archived from the original on 2022-08-13. Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  5. ^ Sweet, Matthew. "Why Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk's real business inspiration is science-fiction". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Archived from the original on 2022-12-14. Retrieved 2022-12-14.
  6. ^ "Top 10 Richest People In The World". Investopedia. Archived from the original on May 16, 2022. Retrieved May 15, 2022.
  7. ^ "Elon Musk". Forbes. Archived from the original on 2014-02-10. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  8. ^ Gabrielle Bienasz (July 15, 2022). "Who is Elon Musk's dad, Errol Musk?". Entrepreneur Magazine. Archived from the original on September 22, 2022. Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  9. ^ Dolan, Kerry A. "How To Raise A Billionaire: An Interview With Elon Musk's Father, Errol Musk". Forbes. Archived from the original on July 3, 2015. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  10. ^ Sottile, Zoe (11 September 2022). "Elon Musk's college ex auctions mementos". CNN. Archived from the original on 11 September 2022. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  11. ^ "Justine Musk profile". isfdb.org. Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  12. ^ "Kimbal Musk — Elon's brother — is leading a $25 million mission to fix food in schools across the US". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 2021-10-23. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  13. ^ Laura M. Holson (April 30, 2016). "At 68, Maye Musk, the Mother of Elon, Is Reclaiming the Spotlight". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 28, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
  14. ^ Lieberman, Hallie (June 11, 2020). "The Musk of Romance". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Archived from the original on 2020-09-02. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  15. ^ Rive, Lyndon (20 April 2013). "Turning Toward the Sun". The New York Times. As told to Elizabeth Olson. Archived from the original on 26 November 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  16. ^ "Elon Musk Family History". SelectSurnames.com. Archived from the original on 7 August 2022. Retrieved 7 August 2022.
  17. ^ Bright Green Future: How Everyday Heroes Are Re-Imagining the Way We Feed, Power, and Build Our World at Google Books