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Maverick entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX , envisions his company playing a lead role in establishing human colonies on Mars.

A successful entrepreneur with degrees in physics and business and a personal interest in computers, Musk has leveraged his unique background into an empire that has made him very wealthy, putting him in a position to pursue his lifelong dream of  space travel.

Born in South Africa, Musk grew up loving science fiction, comics, and flying. His father flew small planes over Africa, and the young Musk often accompanied him on these trips. After attending the University of Pretoria in South Africa and Queen’s School of Business in Kingston, Ontario, Musk founded his first Internet startup company, which he later sold. With the proceeds from the sale, he then founded PayPal, which he subsequently sold to eBay for $1.5 billion.

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