Musk family

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Earlier spellingsMuske
Founded1565; 457 years ago (1565)[1]
Connected familiesHaldeman, Rive

The Musk family is a prominent family in the United States, South Africa and Canada; of South African and Canadian Briton heritage. Primarily notable for their entrepreneurial contributions, Elon Musk is the most prominent member of the family.[2]

The family traces its origins to England where the surname was adopted by Elon's paternal ancestors in the 16th century.[citation needed] The family was part of the small number of British immigrants to South Africa in the early-to-mid twentieth century; Elon's paternal great-grandmother was descended from Dutch Free Burghers.[citation needed] Maternally, much of the Haldeman lineage can be traced back to Old Stock Americans and English Puritans.[3]

Notable family members include:

  • Elon Musk (born 1971), entrepreneur and business magnate, best known for his work on PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla. He is currently the richest man in the world[4] and Time Magazine 2021 Person of the Year.[5]
  • Errol Musk (born 1946), South African electromechanical engineer, pilot, sailor, consultant, and property developer who was once a co-owner of a Zambian emerald mine near Lake Tanganyika;[6] he currently lives in Pretoria, South Africa with his second wife's family; father of Elon Musk.[7]
  • Justine Musk (born 1972), Canadian author and former wife of Elon Musk.[8]
  • Kimbal Musk (born 1972), entrepreneur, philanthropist, and restaurateur. He founded Zip2 in 1998 with his brother Elon Musk and later sold it to Compaq for $307 million. He is the co-founder and chairman of Big Green.[9]
  • Maye Musk (born 1948), model and dietitian. She has appeared on the cover of several magazines, including a Time magazine health edition, Women's Day, and Vogue; mother of Elon Musk.[10]
  • Tosca Musk (born 1974), filmmaker and sister of Elon Musk; she is the co-founder of Passionflix, an OTT entertainment streaming platform and production company.[11]
  • Lyndon Rive (born 1977), businessman who co-founded SolarCity and served as its CEO until 2017. He is the cousin to Elon through his mother Kaye Rive, Maye Musk's twin.[12]

Family trees


  • Walter Musk (born 1917, South Africa; died 1986, South Africa), married Cora Robinson (born 1923, United Kingdom; died 2011, South Africa), 2 children
    • Errol Musk (born 1946, South Africa), married Maye Haldeman (born 1948, Canada), 3 children, divorced; married Heide Bezuidenhou, 2 children, divorced; 1 other child


  • John Elon Haldeman (born 1871, United States; died 1909, Canada), married Almeda Norman (born 1877, United States; died 1948, Canada)
    • Joshua Haldeman (born 1902, United States; died 1974, South Africa), married Winnifred Fletcher (born 1914, Canada, died 2012), 5 children
      • Maye Musk (born 1948, Canada), married Errol Musk, 3 children, divorced
        • See Musk family tree
      • Kaye Rive (born 1948, Canada)


  1. ^ Henry Musk
  2. ^ "Elon Musk's family tree explained". cnbc.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Joshua Norman Haldeman D.C. (1902-1974) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree". Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  4. ^ "Top 10 Richest People In The World". Investopedia. Retrieved May 15, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Elon Musk". Forbes.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ May, Dana Hull and Patrick. "Exploring the otherworldly ambitions of Elon Musk". Buffalo News. Retrieved 2022-04-02.
  7. ^ Dolan, Kerry A. "How To Raise A Billionaire: An Interview With Elon Musk's Father, Errol Musk". Forbes. Archived from the original on July 3, 2015. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  8. ^ "Justine Musk profile".
  9. ^ "Kimbal Musk — Elon's brother — is leading a $25 million mission to fix food in schools across the US". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  10. ^ Laura M. Holson (April 30, 2016). "At 68, Maye Musk, the Mother of Elon, Is Reclaiming the Spotlight". The New York Times. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
  11. ^ Lieberman, Hallie (June 11, 2020). "The Musk of Romance". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  12. ^ Rive, Lyndon (20 April 2013). "Turning Toward the Sun". The New York Times. As told to Elizabeth Olson. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  13. ^ "Walter Henry James Musk (1917-1986) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree". Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  14. ^ "Joshua Norman Haldeman D.C. (1902-1974) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree". Retrieved 2022-05-17.
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