Joshua M Brown over at the Reformed Broker drew some interesting parallels between Iron Man alter ego Tony Stark and Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk in an infographic today. There certainly are some interesting parallels between the billionaires.
Tesla Motors (TSLA)'s Elon Musk vs Tony Stark
The infographic starts with basic metrics, height, weight, net worth, parentage and so on, and the parallels get interesting when it comes to education. Tony Stark earned a masters in physics, and another in electrical engineering. Elon Musk has his primary bachelors degree in physics, with a masters in economics.
The infographic originally appeared at vcars.co.uk, and it was designed by Neomam Studios.
Both men are career inventors, and both have excelled in areas of the economy that few have the courage to attempt innovation in. Elon Musk has given us the electric car with Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), solar power with SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY), electronic payments with Paypal, content hosting with Zip2, and the world's first successful private space company SpaceX.
Tony Stark offers us something slightly different, but much of it is just as fantastical as Musk's offerings were just a couple of decades ago. Stark's notable inventions include the Iron Man suit, and its attendant underlying technology, and the iconic S.H.I.E.L.D air carrier.
Tony Stark's future offerings include a source of cheap energy, based on the reactor he has implanted in his own chest. Musk may already have given us a source of clean energy with his company SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY). His future projects include the Hyperloop, an advanced transport system that could have come out of the realms of Marvel's Science fiction.
The similarities certainly outweigh the differences. The men are physically similar, they're both citizens of the United States, they both followed their father's career paths, both have public, and convoluted romances, both have revolutionized technology and both are working toward further technical revolutions.
There are differences, however. Stark and Musk have different birth places, Musk was born in South Africa, and their physical appearance is mildly different. The most important differences are, however, the lack of a robotic suit on Musk's part, and the lack of a corporeal form on the part of Tony Stark.
Elon Musk might not quite be Tony Stark, but that's probably a good thing. As long as the firms he starts, like Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), keep being as successful has they have been, he'll change the world, and he'll probably bring about more positive change than Tony Stark could dream of.