South African-American entrepreneur Elon Musk is the cofounder of Tesla Motors and PayPal, has a degree in physics, is a green advocate, and the factory of his space-transport company SpaceX was used as a filming location for Iron Man 2. He also happens to have a cameo in the film, but more importantly, director Jon Favreau has indicated that the billionaire was part of the inspiration behind creating his version of genius-playboy-superhero Tony Stark.
A new infographic that we spotted on Mashable details the similarities between the two men — including their net worth, career timeline, and future pursuits. Robert Downey Jr. mugs for the camera in Iron Man's powered armored suit, but the real-life Tony Stark is a pretty fascinating guy. Get to know him in the below infographic, and let us know what you thought of Iron Man 3.
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