Where Do Business Mafias Come From?

The PayPal Mafia has produced SpaceX, Palantir, Tesla, LinkedIn, YouTube, and others far exceeding PayPal’s value. How did Elon Musk and Co. do it?

Illustration: Minet Kim

“T“The PayPal Mafia” is rightfully famous for producing a slew of valuable companies — SpaceX ($33 billion), Palantir ($26 billion), Tesla ($42 billion market…