Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, poses for a photo in 2013.
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In pictures: Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk

Updated 3:03 PM ET, Wed May 13, 2020

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, poses for a photo in 2013.
Sarah Lee/eyevine/Redux

Elon Musk built a commercial rocket company from scratch and upended the auto industry as a high-profile evangelist for electric cars.

It has made him one of the richest people in the world.

Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Inc., has been a visionary risk-taker throughout his career. After making a dot-com fortune in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he bet it all on long-shot startups that have paid off.

"When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor," he once said.