The Musk family is a wealthy family of South African origin that is largely active in the United States and Canada. The Musks are of English, Anglo-Canadian, Pennsylvania Dutch, and Swiss descent. The family is known for its entrepreneurial endeavours.[1][2][3] Elon Musk was formerly the wealthiest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$232 billion as of December 2023, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.[4]

History edit

Elon Musk's paternal great-grandmother was a Dutchwoman descended from the Dutch Free Burghers, while one of his maternal great-grandparents came from Switzerland.[2][5] His paternal grandmother was British and his paternal grandfather was South African.[6] Elon Musk's father, Errol Musk,[7] is a South African former electrical and mechanical engineer consultant and property developer,[6] who was involved in the emerald business at some point in the 1980s,[8][9] and was a member of the South African Progressive Federal Party.[10]: 225, fn 119 

His maternal grandparents Winnifred Josephine "Wyn" (Fletcher) and Dr. Joshua Norman Haldeman were celebrity explorers who lived in South Africa and Canada and searched for the Lost City of the Kalahari.[11] Joshua Haldeman was a former director of Technocracy Incorporated and a political activist who ran for the Canadian Parliament on the Social Credit Party ticket, and headed the Canadian branch of the Technocracy movement.[12][13]

Notable members edit

  • 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; Elon's mother.[14]
  • Elon Musk (born 1971), entrepreneur and business magnate, CEO, CTO, and Chairman of SpaceX, Tesla, Twitter (now X), and Neuralink. He was Time Magazine 2021 Person of the Year.[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • 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.[17]
  • 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.[18]

References edit

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  7. ^ Caboz, Jay. "How To Raise A Billionaire: An Interview With Elon Musk's Father, Errol Musk". Forbes Africa. Archived from the original on July 3, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2023.
  8. ^ Pearce, Matt (September 11, 2023). "The biggest ideas and pettiest rages in Walter Isaacson's Elon Musk biography". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 September 2023.
  9. ^ Liles, Jordan (17 November 2022). "What We Know About Elon Musk and the Emerald Mine Rumor". Snopes. Archived from the original on 8 April 2023. Retrieved 21 March 2023.
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  11. ^ "Elon Musk's grandparents were adventuring pilots who spent years looking for a lost city in the desert". South China Morning Post. 2016-08-03. Retrieved 2023-09-06.
  12. ^ Haldeman, Scott; Keating Jr., Joseph C. (September 1995). "Joshua N Haldeman, DC: the Canadian Years, 1926-1950". The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association. 39 (3): 172–186. PMC 2485067.
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  14. ^ 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.
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  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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.