Lyndon Rive

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Lyndon Rive
Lyndon Rive 2015.jpg
Rive in 2015
Born Pretoria, South Africa
Known for Co-founder of SolarCity
Title CEO of SolarCity
Relatives Elon Musk (cousin)
Kimbal Musk (cousin)
Tosca Musk (cousin)
Maye Musk (aunt)

Lyndon Rive is the co-founder of SolarCity and served as its CEO until 2017. SolarCity, a provider of clean energy services that designs, finances, and installs photovoltaic systems, performs energy-efficiency audits, and retrofits and builds charging stations for electric vehicles. Rive co-founded SolarCity with his brother Peter in 2006.

Prior to co-founding SolarCity, Lyndon Rive co-founded the enterprise software company Everdream, which was ultimately acquired by Dell. Rive started his first company at age 17 before leaving his native South Africa.[1] In his spare time, Rive plays underwater hockey. Rive is a cousin of SolarCity investor and entrepreneur Elon Musk, as their mothers are twins.[2]

In 2010, Rive was named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under age 35.[3]

In 2017 Rive announced he would cease working for Tesla, Inc. after it acquired SolarCity in 2016. He will spend his time with his family and perhaps further entrepreneurial activities.[4]


In 2013, Rive was an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner in the Northern California Region.[5]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Lyndon Rive Mini Bio". ZoomInfo.
  2. ^ Turning Toward the Sun, New York Times
  3. ^ "2010 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Former SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive will leave Tesla". 15 May 2017 – via Reuters.
  5. ^ "Ernst & Young Announces SolarCity CEO and Co-Founder Lyndon Rive as the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award Winner in Northern California" (Press release). Solar City. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2015.