Elon Musk in July 2015 at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. (Getty)

Elon Musk is the 45-year-old founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX who has built a fortune revolutionizing land and space travel. A self-made multibillionaire, he’s trying to solve what he sees as the biggest problems facing humanity.

As of January 2017, Musk had an estimated net worth of $13.2 billion, according to Forbes, making him the 15th richest person in the tech industry and the 94th wealthiest person in the world.

Keep reading for details on how he went from a struggling Silicon Valley entrepreneur to one of the most powerful people in tech. 

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