Elon Musk, the 21st Century Industrialist

Nations hire Elon Musk to get to outer space. His solar company is cash-flow positive. His electric supercars seat seven. Superheroes emulate him. He wants to die on Mars
Elon Musk, said to be the model for Tony Stark, wants to die on Mars Photograph by Bryce Duffy for Bloomberg Businessweek

On Fridays, Elon Musk gathers his engineers in an old hangar in Los Angeles. The building, next to a municipal airport a couple miles south of the Hollywood Park race track and casino, is now a research and development facility for Musk’s electric car company, Tesla Motors. Musk uses these meetings to check the team’s progress and give straightforward, often withering, design critiques. During one such session in July, versions of the Model S sedan and the skeletal frame of a forthcoming sport-utility vehicle, the Model X, sit in a corner. Drivetrain prototypes lay on the concrete floor next to interior cabin mock-ups.

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