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

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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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