Elon Musk

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 Top 49 - Elon Musk
Top 49 - Elon Musk
Elon Musk is only one romance with Gwyneth Paltrow and an expensive superhero costume away from becoming Tony Stark's real-life alter ego. Mentioned by Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau as a key source of inspiration, Musk remains one of pop culture's wealthiest and most fascinatingly diverse entrepreneurs. Having already drastically changed the way we pay for things online by cofounding PayPal, he's now steadfast in his quest to shape which cars we drive and which planets we live on.

The founding visionary behind Tesla Motors, Elon Musk was named 2010's Automotive Executive of the Year for his role in developing modern electric vehicles like the newly announced Mercedes A-Class, Toyota RAV4 EV crossover SUV and Tesla's staple electric sports car, the Tesla Roadster. With over 25 countries and counting receiving the cars, Musk is already bringing automotive electricity across international borders in advance of a bigger push in 2012.

If all else fails on Earth, he'll just send us to another planet through his space transportation business, SpaceX, which recently completed its debut space shuttle, Dragon. For his trouble, Elon Musk earned more thanks this year from the Kitty Hawk Foundation as a Living Legend in Aviation. Is there anything he can't do? In a word… no.

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