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Project Runway: SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk loves the red carpet

Tesla Motors LA Flagship Store Launch

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Tesla founder Elon Musk attends the launch party for the Tesla Roadster, the world's first highway-capable all electric car available in the United States, at the Tesla Flagship Store on May 1, 2008 in Los Angeles.

UK Tesla Launch - Arrivals

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Elon Musk arrives at the Tesla UK launch on June 25, 2009 in London, England.

Premiere Of "Revenge Of The Electric Car" At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

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Bob Lutz, Chris Paine, Stefano Durdic, and Elon Musk attend "Revenge of he Electric Car," Paine's follow-up to "Who Killed the Electric Car," at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

Orange British Academy Film Awards - Outside Arrivals

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Ex-wife Talulah Riley and Elon Musk attend the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 13, 2011 in London, England.

2011 WSJ Magazine Innovator Of The Year Awards

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Elon Musk and Maye Musk (That's his mom!) attend the 2011 WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year Awards at the Museum of Modern Art on October 27, 2011 in New York City.

"Help Wanted" Shorts Program - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

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Director Bryn Mooser, executive producer Elon Musk, executive producer Olivia Wilde and director David Darg of the film 'Baseball in the Time of Cholera' attend "Help Wanted" Shorts Program during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is a serious dude with a serious vision. He made a fortune as a co-founder of PayPal and promptly put it all at risk by investing in an electric-car startup, a space-travel startup, and — just to hedge his bets — a solar-installation startup. 

Not your average CEO. And even by the standards of not-average CEOs, practically a rock star. Musk is no stranger to the red carpet. Sometimes it's Musk alone. Sometimes it's Musk with an attractive woman on his arm. (Who is sometimes his mom!) Sometimes it's Musk in a group.

Musk lives in Los Angeles — he's actually the 24th richest guy in town, at a cool $2b billion, according to the L.A. Business Journal — and seems to have more than a little bit of Hollywood in him. After all, the guy has had a hand not just in blasting rockets at the International Space Station but in producing four movies.

And perhaps a bit of Howard Hughes (minus the OCD) to go with it.

Flip through the slideshow above to get the highlights of Musk as matinee idol and world-changing entrepreneur.

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