- Son of a South African father and a Canadian mother.
- Coded a video game at the age of 12, which he sold for 500 dollars.
- Moved to Canada at the age of 17 to study at Queen's University, and moved to the U.S. two years later after transferring to the University of Pennsylvania.
- Dropped out of Stanford University, where he was going to begin a Ph.D., to pursue a business career.
- Applied for a job at Netscape but never got a response.
- His first son died 10 weeks after he was born.
- Has twins and triplets with ex-wife Justine Wilson.
- Co-founder of SpaceX, Tesla, Inc., The Boring Company, Neuralink and OpenAI.