Elon 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.
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