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7 things you didn’t know about Tesla’s Elon Musk

The Tesla of our generation has had far from a smooth-sailing life.

Elon Musk is trying to change the world – besides bringing fully-electric vehicles to the masses through Tesla Motors, the tech mogul is working towards interplanetary travel. The SpaceX tycoon not only launches satellites, but also snagged a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

But there’s so much more to the South-African-born man than the projects slated to take mankind into the future. See if you already knew these.

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    Of course, we use that term loosely. If Tony Stark reminded you of someone in real life, you're probably thinking of Elon Musk - and you're onto something. Jon Favreau, director of the first two movies (the good ones), was initially unsure about how he could bring the charismatic character of tech tycoon Tony Stark to life. The film's lead actor, Robert Downey Jr, then recommended a face-to-face chat with Musk.

    "Downey was right,” Favreau said in TIME. “Elon is a paragon of enthusiasm, good humor and curiosity – a Renaissance man in an era that needs them.”

    And pictured here is the Space X facility, where parts of the movies were actually shot.

(RELATED: All that said, did Elon Musk make the wrong call on not including state-of-the-art lasers on his Tesla cars?)


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