Factbox-From Outer Space to Social Media, Elon Musk's Growing Universe

Elon Musk

Twitter Inc is poised to accept billionaire Elon Musk’s “best and final” $43 billion takeover offer, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

This comes on the heels of Musk announcing that he had secured $46.5 billion in debt and equity financing for the deal.

Earlier in April, the social media company had adopted a “poison pill” to protect itself from Musk’s $54.20 per share offer, which followed days after he had disclosed an over 9 percent stake.

The tech entrepreneur, whose net worth is nearly $300 billion according to Forbes, has founded, co-founded or is leading the following companies:


       Neuralink     2016          The brain chip startup aims to          

                                   connect humans and computers.           

                                   In July last year, it said https://www.reuters.com/technology/elon-musks-neuralink-raises-over-200-mln-google-ventures-others-2021-07-30          

                                    it had raised over $200          

                                   million from investors          

                                   including Google Ventures.          

       SpaceX        2002          The company designs and          

                                   manufactures aerospace          

                                   technology, and aims to land          

                                   its rockets on Mars before          

                                   2030. It was valued at over          

                                   $100 million, CNBC reported https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/08/elon-musks-spacex-valuation-100-billion.html          

                                    last year.          

       The Boring    2017          The underground tunneling          

       Company                     company aims to build          

                                   hyperloops, an ultra-high-speed          

                                   ground transportation system          

                                   for passenger and cargo, to          

                                   solve big city traffic          


       Tesla Inc     2003          The electric-car maker, which          

                                   went public in 2010, is valued          

                                   at more than $1 trillion, more          

                                   than legacy automakers Ford and          

                                   General Motors combined. Last          

                                   year, Musk said the company          

                                   will probably launch a "Tesla          

                                   Bot" humanoid robot prototype          

                                   in 2022, designed for          

                                   dangerous, repetitive, or          

                                   boring work that people don't          

                                   like to do.          

       PayPal        1998          The fintech company went public          

       Holdings Inc                first in 2002, and was bought          

                                   by eBay Inc for $1.5 billion          

                                   soon after. It then went public          

                                   again in 2015.          

The tech entrepreneur’s investments in other smaller startups:


       Stripe Inc     2010          The digital payments company          

                                    was valued at $95 billion in a          

                                    fundraising round last year.           

                                    Reuters reported in July 2021          

                                    that Stripe hired a law firm          

                                    in its first major step          

                                    towards a stock market debut.          

       Vicarious      2010          The artificial intelligence          

                                    and robotics company, which          

                                    has received over $250 million          

                                    in funding, also counts Jeff          

                                    Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg as          

                                    its investors, according to          

                                    its website https://www.vicarious.com/company.