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Where is Elon Musk from?

The world’s second-richest person was not born in the United States.

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Quick Answer: Elon Musk is from Pretoria, South Africa. He moved to Canada in 1988 and then the US in 1992.

We know a lot about eccentric billionaire Elon Musk. The world’s second-richest person is the founder of PayPal, CEO of Tesla, and the brains behind the development of SpaceX.

Musk splits his business endeavors between California and Texas today, with Tesla recently migrating its headquarters to Austin, Texas.

He has been operating in America for a long time now after attending the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia back in 1992.

But where did Musk come from originally? The world’s richest man wasn’t born in the United States. And it took a couple of steps for him to reach his destination.

Where was Elon Musk born?

Short answer: Pretoria, South Africa

Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa on June 28, 1971, to a South African father and Canadian mother.

He spent the majority of his younger years there before moving to Canada in 1988, presumably to avoid the mandatory military service in South Africa during apartheid.

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After making his way to Canada, Musk began college at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.

He finished his degree in physics there before attending Stanford for graduate school. However, Musk dropped out of Stanford fairly quickly to pursue his internet business.

He developed Zip2, an online business directory with maps in 1995. He sold that business in 1999 for a cool $307 million.

Musk then went on to develop PayPal, SpaceX, and began his investment in Tesla. Now, he can add Twitter to that list, as well.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at

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