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Published on April 1st, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Elon Musk Says He “Might Someday Run For President”

April 1st, 2014 by  

Photo Credit: jdlasica / Foter.com / CC BY-NCElon Musk is clearly a successful entrepreneur. He made billions with PayPal and is now changing the world with Tesla Motors while advancing space exploration with SpaceX. Meanwhile, he’s also the Chairman of leading solar company SolarCity. He’s commonly referred to as the “real-life Iron Man,” particularly because director Jon Favreau modeled his Tony Stark character after Musk, but also because of things like this.

But would Elon Musk ever get into politics? Well, in his typically cautious style, he says he might. In an extensive interview regarding the Tesla controversy in New Jersey conducted by Bloomberg, the topic of Chris Christie’s potential run for president came up, which then stimulated an interesting question: would Elon ever consider running for president?

To my great surprise, Elon reportedly said that he “might someday run for president.”

I thought the political world was outside of Elon’s interests, but he apparently noted that he wants to help the world as much as possible, and the political arena is a place in which a lot of progress can be enabled (natch).

Of course, Elon isn’t the type to have small goals. If he were to get into politics, he noted he’d want to make sure he had influence comparable to what he has in the business world, which basically means running for president.

Of course, the possibility is slim and it’s not going to happen in the coming election, but it’s interesting that Elon considers it an option.

Unfortunately, there was no indication whether Musk would run as a Democrat, Republican, or Independent. However, one would guess that he’d run as a Democrat. In the first half of 2010, he gave $71,000 to Democrats versus $7,000 to Republicans. But who really knows? Musk is known to surprise.

Note: be sure to check your calendar today.

Photo Credit: jdlasica / Foter.com / CC BY-NC 
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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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