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Who is Elon Musk? What to know about the Tesla CEO who is set to buy Twitter

Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY
Fri, May 13, 2022, 11:50 PM·5 min read

Big changes may be coming to Twitter as billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is set to acquire the social media giant in a $44 billion deal that would cap a bid that began in early April to exert official influence over policies designed to combat abuse on the platform, which Musk has cast as anti-free speech.

Now, on the verge of taking over the company, Musk is promising to bring “free speech” to Twitter. Musk said he would let former president Donald Trump return to the platform after he was banned last year. But the deal still needs to be finalized. Musk said on Friday that the deal was "temporarily on hold" over concerns about the number of spam accounts on the platform. The Tesla CEO said he remained committed to the acquisition in a follow-up tweet.

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Who is Elon Musk?

Musk is a South-Africa-born billionaire entrepreneur who serves as CEO of Tesla, the popular electric vehicle manufacturer, and SpaceX. Musk made an early fortune founding PayPal in 1999. EBay bought the company in 2002 for $1.5 billion and Musk made $180 million from the deal, Time Magazine reported.

Soon after, Musk founded SpaceX, which partners with NASA on space missions. Musk’s admirers herald him as a visionary thrusting the world into the future. His ultimate goal with SpaceX is to make humanity a “multi-planet” species by colonizing Mars and another of his projects seeks to integrate a computer into the human brain.

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