Pittsburgh Gazette | Innovative Musk brothers took separate paths

In 1999, brothers Elon and Kimbal Musk sold their online publishing venture to Compaq Computer for more than $300 million. A big chunk of the proceeds went to other investors who held a stake in the startup, Zip2, but the Musks — in their mid-20s at the time — walked away with enough cash for Elon to launch a business that later became the online money transfer system PayPal.

Younger brother Kimbal invested in PayPal but didn’t get involved in its operations. Instead, he went to cooking school.


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