Nevada Alexander Musk: the untold story of Elon Musk's first son

Nevada Alexander Musk: the untold story of Elon Musk's first son

Elon Musk is one of the world’s richest men who keeps making headlines with each passing day. He is a busy man, and that is why some people may not know that he is a father to 10 children. The number would have been 11, but his first son named Nevada Alexander Musk, died at ten weeks old.

Elon Musk's first son
Nevada Alexander Musk's father, Elon Musk, attends the Viva Technology conference on June 16, 2023, in Paris, France. Photo: Chesnot (modified by author)
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Elon Musk owns at least six companies that span a range of industries, from SpaceX (a company that makes rockets and spacecraft) to Tesla (an electric car manufacturing company) and the Boring Company, which makes underground. All this wealth does not exempt him from having good and bad days like ordinary people. Losing his son, Nevada Alexander Musk, must have been one of his lowest points in life.

Profile summary

Full nameNevada Alexander Musk
Famous asAmerican billionaire Elon Musk’s first child
Date of birthMay 18, 2002
Zodiac signTaurus
Place of birthOrange County, California, USA
Date of deathMay 28, 2002
Place of deathOrange County, California, USA
Age at death10 weeks
FatherElon Reeve Musk
MotherJennifer Justine (née Wilson)
Paternal grandfather Errol Musk
Paternal grandmotherMaye Musk
Paternal auntTosca Musk
Paternal uncleKimbal Musk
Maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Wilson

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Who is Nevada Alexander Musk?

The late Nevada Alexander Musk was the first son of American tech billionaire Elon Musk and his first wife, Canadian author Justine Wilson. His parents were married for around eight years, between 2000 and 2008.

What happened to Elon Musk's first child?

Nevada Alexander Musk was born on May 18, 2002, in Anaheim, Orange County, California, USA. He died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) ten days after birth. Alexander would be 21 years old in 2023.

How did Elon Musk lose a child?

His parents, Elon and Justine Wilson put him to bed at night and found him not breathing in the morning. After being on life support for three days, the doctors declared him brain-dead and could not save his life. Justine held their baby as he emitted the 'death rattle.'

Nevada Alexander Musk
Nevada Musk's dad, Elon Musk, arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Award 2020 on December 1, 2020, in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Britta Pedersen-Pool
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The American tycoon has 10 children from different relationships.

Elon Musk had Nevada Alexander Musk in 2002 with his first wife, Justine Wilson. After losing Nevada in the same year, they went on to have twins Griffin and Vivian in 2004 and welcomed triplets Kai, Saxon, and Damian two years later.

After parting ways in 2008, Justine and Elon settled on an even split custody for their five kids.

Elon married English actress Talulah Riley twice (2010–2012 and 2013–2016), but they never had children together. He began dating singer Grimes in 2018. They welcomed their son, X Æ A-12, together in May 2020, but later changed his name to X Æ A-XII to comply with California law.

In October 2022, the tycoon had twins Strider (son) and Azure (daughter) with Shivon Zilis, an executive at Neuralink. The two were not involved romantically, and their children were conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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Elon Musk's first son
Nevada Musk's dad, Elon Musk, attends The 2022 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York City. Photo: Theo Wargo
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Grimes and Elon Musk have had two more children amid their on-and-off relationship. Daughter Exa Dark Sideræl Musk was born in March 2022, and son Techno Mechanicus was born in September 2023.

How many kids do Elon and Grimes have together?

Elon and singer Grimes have three children together: two sons, X Æ A-XII (born in 2020) and Techno Mechanicus (born in 2023), and one daughter, Exa Dark Sideræl Musk (born in 2022).

Who are the 11 children of Elon Musk?

The American billionaire's children (from oldest to youngest) are Nevada Alexander Musk (late), twins Griffin and Vivian, triplets Kai, Saxon and Damian, X Æ A-12, Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, twins Strider and Azure, and Techno Mechanicus.

Who are Nevada Alexander Musk's paternal grandparents?

Nevada's paternal grandfather (Elon Musk's dad), Errol Musk, was a South African of British and Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry. Meanwhile, his paternal grandmother, Maye Musk (née Haldeman), is a model and dietitian. She was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, and raised in South Africa.

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Errol Musk was an electromechanical engineer, sailor, pilot, property developer, and consultant. He was elected to the Pretoria City Council as an anti-apartheid Progressive Party representative.

Nevada Alexander Musk's paternal grandfather
Errol Musk poses for a portrait at his house in Langebaan, South Africa, on May 26, 2022. Photo: Gianluigi Guercia
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Moreover, Nevada's paternal grandfather owned a rental lodge at the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and partly owned a Zambian emerald mine near Lake Tanganyika.

A short biography of Elon

Maye and Errol Musk had their son Elon (Nevada's dad) born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. They also had two more children, a son named Kimbal and a daughter called Tosca.

Elon completed his primary and secondary school education in South Africa before moving to Canada in June 1989. He lived with a second cousin in Saskatchewan for a year while working odd jobs at a farm and lumber mill.

In 1990, he joined Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and transferred to the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) two years later. Elon completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics at UPenn.

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In 1994, he held two internships in Silicon Valley: one at energy storage startup Pinnacle Research Institute and another at Palo Alto–based startup Rocket Science Games.

In 1995, Elon was accepted to a PhD program in materials science at Stanford University. Instead of pursuing the course, he decided to join the Internet boom and dropped out two days after being accepted. He applied for a job at Netscape but never got a response.

Nevada Alexander Musk's paternal grandmother
Nevada Alexander Musk's paternal grandmother, Maye Musk, is seen outside the Dior show during the 2022/23 Paris Fashion Week event on July 04, 2022, in Paris, France. Photo: Jeremy Moeller
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Since 1995, Elon has established, co-founded, and bought numerous companies, including Zip2,, PayPal, SpaceX, Starlink, Tesla, SolarCity, Tesla Energy, Neuralink, The Boring Company, X (formerly called Twitter), Musk Foundation, OpenAI, and xAI. He no longer owns Zip2,, and PayPal.

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