Kimbal Musk

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Who is Kimbal Musk?

Kimbal Musk is a South African-born businessman, venture capitalist, philanthropist, environmentalist, and restaurateur. Kimbal owns 'The Kitchen Café, LLC,' a chain of community restaurants located across the USA's rural parts. Kimbal, the younger brother of Elon Musk, also is an active board member of Tesla Inc., SpaceX, and Chipotle Mexican Grill. 

Early Life

Born on September 20, 1972, in Pretoria, South Africa, Kimbal was raised in a big ambitious house with his brother Elon, Tosca, and their cousins. His father, Errol, was a businessman, whereas Maye was a renowned dietician. After graduating from high school, Kimbal went to Kingston, Ontario, to live with his brother, Elon. He enrolled at Queen's University and worked at Scotiabank.


Kimbal Musk, a philanthropist, has been actively involved in various social works. He engages himself with the Growe Foundation, coordinating efforts in planting more gardens for schools in the Boulder community since 2004. In 2011, he co-founded The Kitchen Company, a non-profit organization that creates Learning Gardens to teach children aspects of food, healthy eating lifestyles, and the environment. As of 2017, his non-profit organization has opened over 400 Learning Gardens, impacting more than 100,000 students all over Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, Indianapolis, and Denver.


Alongside his brother, Elon, they set up a company, Zip2, in 1995, which they sold to Compaq for $307 million. Kimbal became a prominent investor in various software and technology sectors, investing in multiple ventures like, one of Elon's earliest ventures. was later was renamed PayPal, and in 2002, eBay acquired it for $1.5 billion.

After a significant success with PayPal, Musk was drawn towards a new passion, so he went to New York in a quest to fulfill his desire for studying culinary arts at the prestigious French Culinary Institute. After graduating, Kimbal and his then-wife, Jen Lewin, set on a road trip across the US in search of an ideal location to set up their restaurant, In 2002. They put their heart in Boulder, Colorado, for its weather and the food prospect after visiting several places.

Musk, Lewin, and Chef Hugo Matheson opened The Kitchen Boulder in April 2004. Over the years, The Kitchen has become a prominent family restaurant. The restaurant was the top choice for many culinary outlets and organizations, including Food & Wine, Zagat's, Gourmet, OpenTable, and the James Beard Foundation.

Personal Life

Musk was married to Jen Lewin; the couple had three children but later divorced. In 2018, Kimbal married Christiana Wyly, an environmental activist and the daughter of billionaire Sam Wyly. Kimbal currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Last Modified: Feb 19 2023
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