Today we are going to tell you all about the younger brother of Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk. The name of Elon’s younger brother is Kimbal Musk. Just like his own brother, Kimbal is also quite established in his own field.
Continue reading further to learn everything about the personal and professional life of the billionaire’s younger brother Kimbal Musk.
What does Kimbal Musk do for a living?
Kimbal Musk was born on September 20, 1972, in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa. He is a South African restaurateur, chef, and entrepreneur. He is the brother of Elon Musk and Tosca Musk. His mom Maye Musk is a famous dietician meanwhile his dad Errol is a South African engineer.
After completing his high school in Pretoria, South Africa, Kimbal left South Africa to meet his brother in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and soon afterward, he enrolled at Queen’s University to pursue a degree in business. When he was in school, he used to work at Scotiabank. He loves cowboy hats, he is rarely seen out and about in public without his hat.
The 49-year-old is the owner of The Kitchen Restaurant Group, a collection of “community” restaurants located in Colorado, Chicago, and Indianapolis. In addition to this, he is the co-founder and chairman of Big Green, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has built hundreds of outdoor classrooms called “Learning Gardens” in schoolyards across America.
Along with this, Kimbal is also the co-founder and chairman of Square Roots, an urban farming company in Brooklyn, New York City, growing food in hydroponic, indoor, climate controlled shipping containers.
What was Kimbal’s first entrepreneurship venture?
Kimbal’s first entrepreneurship venture was a residential painting business with College Pro Painters in 1994. During the same year, he and his elder brother Elon started their second company named Zip2.
For those of you who are unaware, let us tell you Zip2 was an online city guide that offered content for the new online versions of The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune newspapers. The company was sold to Compaq for $307 million in 1999.
Soon afterward, the entrepreneur began investing in young software and technology companies. He was an early investor in his brother’s venture X.com, an online financial services, and email payments company.
The company was later merged with PayPal and acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion in stock. At that point, Elon lived in California meanwhile, Kimbal decided to move to New York and attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City.
Kimbal opened his first restaurant in 2004
Kimbal launched The Kitchen, a community bistro in Boulder, Colorado with Jen Lewin and Hugo Matheson in April of 2004. As per Food & Wine, Zagat’s, Gourmet, OpenTable, and the James Beard Foundation, The Kitchen has been named one of “America’s Top Restaurants”
Along with this, The Kitchen also has locations in Downtown Denver and Chicago. Kimbal served as the CEO of OneRiot, an advertising network from the year 2006 to 2011. Then, he opened Next Door American Eatery in the year 2011. It opened in downtown Boulder as a fast-casual American eatery.
Musk and Matheson opened Big Green (originally named The Kitchen Community), a 501c3 nonprofit to help connect kids to real food by creating dynamic Learning Garden classrooms in schools across America.
In a 2018 interaction with Reddit, Kimbal stated that jumping into farming and trying to influence America’s food system was the right move for him. He said, “Food is my love and when I decided to tie my passion with my purpose, my only choice was food. Best decision of my life.”
To date, Kimbal has been featured in many popular publications such as The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, WIRED, Chicago Sun Times, CBS News, Business Insider, and Entrepreneur Magazine.
Kimbal is on the board of directors of Elon’s company Tesla and SpaceX
Yes, you read that right. At the moment, Kimbal is on the list of board of directors of Tesla Inc. and SpaceX, of both of which his brother Elon is the current CEO. In the past, he was on board Chipotle Mexican Grill from the year 2013 to 2019.
Back in the day, the chef and his brother Elon co-founded the software company Zip2. The company saw the light of the day in the year 1995 and later on, it was bought by Compaq for $307 million in 1999.
During a media interaction, Kimbal stated the key difference between him and his brother Elon. At that point, he said, “He’s sort of let’s take the world to a new frontier and mine is about let’s look after the frontier we have.”
A little bit about Kimbal’s personal life
When we talk about the personal life of Kimbal, let us share with you he is a married man. He tied the knot with Jen Lewin, with whom he established The Kitchen. She is an interactive artist and engineer with a studio based in New York City.
The two of them exchanged their vows in 2011. The couple welcomed three children together. Soon afterward, Jen and Kimbal got divorced. Their divorce got finalized in 2010. At this point in time, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Then, Kimbal got married again in 2018. He married Christiana Wyly, an environmental activist and the daughter of billionaire Sam Wyly in April of 2018.
What is the net worth of Kimbal Musk?
According to the report of Forbes, Kimbal Musk has an estimated worth of a whopping $700 million. On the other hand, when we ponder over the net worth of his elder brother Elon, he is the richest man in the world at the moment with a net worth of $271.2 billion.
A large majority of Kimbal’s income comes from his 0.04% stake in Tesla. He also reportedly has some shares in Elon Musk’s SpaceX. As per Forbes, he also owns a $2 million stake in the American fast-food chain, Chipotle.
Elon and his brother Kimbal share a pretty good bond. The brothers have stayed by each other’s side through thick and thin. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the updates of showbiz.