For decades, cologne makers have marketed their wares by using the term "musk" to indicate manliness, so it's only fitting that the man who topped Askmen.com's annual Most Influential Man list has that very name. Indeed, Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk has managed to snare that title, beating the 48 other worthy, though less appropriately named, contestants.

Askmen uses the opportunity of its list publication to wax poetic about Musk's foresight in developing the all-electric Tesla Roadster, followed up by the Model S sedan (Franz von Holzhausen and the other Tesla co-founders played a role in all of this, too, but that's another story). The all-electric sedan is often praised for its styling, long single-charge range and performance and has made enough of an impact for the publication to call the EV "an automotive genus unto itself," adding that "there is no person more critical to its rise than Elon Musk." Of the man himself, Askmen says, "he might actually be a superhero."

Car-b-ques aside, Musk has been receiving accolades all year. This past spring, Time magazine put Musk on its list of the world's 100 most influential people, complete with a glowing write-up from Virgin Group chief Richard Branson. Branson not only espoused Musk's work with Tesla but also with his space-exploration firm SpaceX, which competes with Branson's Virgin Galactic. Earlier this month, Tesla said it sold more than 5,500 Tesla Model S vehicles during the third quarter, up from 5,150 during the second quarter. Check out Askmen's article here and find their video on Musk here.


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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      He does it for the children, bravo Elon.
      Aisha Brutella
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fire departments love him.
      Vwfanatic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yup, those with all the gold make all the rules, and apparently win all the comparisons. Also the creator of the Tesla series of the most expensive cigar lighters known to mankind.
        Koenigsegg
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Vwfanatic
        -6/10
        Koenigsegg
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Vwfanatic
        volkswagen sucks ass
        Matt
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Vwfanatic
        I'd rather have a badass cigar lighter than a Vanilla Wagen. Honestly, the interiors in VW's make Toyota's and Honda's look as exotic as Lamborghini's and Pagani's
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Vwfanatic
        Innovators make money, true. The poorly educated don't.
      Car Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Funny how most people who idolize a guy like Musk are also the first to bash capitalism and corporate America - something Musk has made billions from...........
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would have said Bashar al-Assad.
      volvoxc90decepticon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like your t shirt Elon Musk. I will go to Mars with you.
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      what a douche.
        Grendal
        • 1 Day Ago
        @over9000
        Look in the mirror. That will show you what one looks like. After that, try and do something good for someone around you instead of being a cynical do-nothing.
      Dean Hammond
      • 1 Year Ago
      is "groupies" better?.....fact is, he has a cult following, that alone draws either positive or negative, rarely neutral.....I tip my hat to the guy, he, along with such entities as Anthony Robbins ARE kings of self promotion and deserve the accolades, and if people find them inspirational I applaud...better role models than some I can mention...that said, some of his "fans" as such border on extreme....
      Lastchance
      • 1 Year Ago
      This guy is not a visionary. He is a succubus. He is another capitalist that uses government money to create a business that caters to the 1%. The government should have made him first build electric cars for the masses instead of the rich, then he could have built cars for the rich. Americans are tired of seeing the influence of people such as Musk have in the government. Who throw their money around to buy politicians to fund businesses ventures that only serve the few. He should have used private funds on this venture since all he is doing is creating more wealth for himself, and othet investors while not enriching the lives of the people. Crony capitalism needs to end.
        yonomo200
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Lastchance
        Um, a succubus is female. I hardly think Musk is female, or having sex with men. That is, unless you know something we don't.
        Jojo
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Lastchance
        You have no idea what you are talking about. Guys like Musk build our history. He is not only visionary, he has the balls. What have you done lately which deserves our admiration and appreciation? Poor souls always tend to criticize and bash the smart and successful.
      Zapbrannigan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Totally deserves it. If he hadn't risked his already made fortune from Paypal to start Tesla we would be still stuck in the perennial "electric cars are 10 years away". He could have easily done a Branson and bought an island somewhere and lived the easy life. Instead he chose to make the world better. Well done Elon and thanks.
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zapbrannigan
        What are you talking about, Branson works his butt off doing stuff everyday. He may own an island and enjoy himself, but to say that he is there everyday and does not do anything anymore is a downright lie.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zapbrannigan
        as much as I admire the guy, and he certainly has a cult following, please explain the comment "making the world better"...thats a tad overboard IMO....
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          @coolwaters...will you SERIOUSLY get off the Consumer Reports being the final authority bandwagon...they ARE not in any way or form....I repeat, how can one take ANYTHING they say seriously when they wont divulge their testing and need I remind you their opinion is just that OPINION...I did enjoy their tests of Bacon though...very enlightening.....
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          *succeeds*
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          He is far from a perfect person, but I'll give my opinion on what he has achieved and how that can be viewed as "making the world better." SpaceX. Creating a new company that has reduced the cost of putting stuff into orbit. He picked up where NASA left off. Being the first private company to reach orbit and resupply the ISS. If he succeed at creating a reusable orbital rocket that will be very significant. That will lead to getting the human race off this one planet. While this may have happened anyway sometime in the future you have to give him credit for pushing it forward. Tesla. Similar answer. Electric transport would probably have happened at some time but Tesla and Elon is pushing the electric timetable by ten to twenty years. GM credits Tesla for the creation of the Volt. Tesla has shown that an electric car doesn't have to be a nerdmobile.
          CoolWaters
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          The Jury is NOT Out on Tesla. Consumer Reports rated the car, NOT BEST EV ever tested. They rated the car: BEST CAR Ever Tested. There's a difference. So, Tesla has built a car with massive torque, a great ride ( air suspension ), great handling fully independent suspension, excellent weight distribution, good aerodynamics, and a beautiful interior. There's no mystery, he hired the best in the industry and then built a car.
          mawhalen53
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          In a cynical world, where people have settled behind their keyboards to critique those brave enough to offer an original idea, Musk pushes on. Ego? Sure. Perfect? Of course not. But, as Zap mentioned, he's dragging all of our cynical butts forward with electric cars, rockets, and weird tube transport.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          I will confess to knowing too little about Space-X to comment....to me science fiction is just that ,until it is implemented I will, right or wrong, remain sceptical. As for Tesla, jury is out...the cars are selling but not profitable, there have been umpteen promises of a cheaper more affordable unit and a crossover....so far nothing but promises that I personally question...Tesla is extrememely fragile, and a few moe hiccups could be fatal...so, could those promises be stalling tactics?.....personally I think its just a matter of time before Tesla gets gobbled up by Daimler Benz or Toyota.....Im not sold on teslas longevity at all....and one more coincidence involving road debry may prove my point....
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          well stated @mawhalen53....well stated....have to admire the cajones....then again rolling dice with a rather large nest egg is a nice safety net....
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Elon started with nothing. His first internet company made him rich enough ($25 million) to retire. Instead he gambled that and made Paypal which got him $400 million and he could have retired and lived the life of luxury. He could do like a lot of rich people and just buy a sports team. Instead, he used all that money to build SpaceX and Tesla. In 2008, he was very close to broke again. You have to give the guy credit that he does what he says he will do. When he said if Tesla failed that he would personally pay back the Federal loan rather than default, he would have done it. Instead Tesla paid it off with interest. A lot of times his mouth gets him in trouble though. And his ego might get him to respond incorrectly to the Model S fire issue too.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          This is an example of the SpaceX grasshopper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZDkItO-0a4 If successful, and we've been told that it will work, it will be revolutionary. The United States, Russia, China, and Europe never even considered doing this, yet it looks like it will work.
      Stars_Fan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sir Johnny Ive would have been my pick. His cars catching on fire have influenced me though.
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stars_Fan
        Fun fact - The same automaker that produced your car has had some of their cars catch on fire. Guess how I know that without having the slightest idea what you drive? Because, no exaggeration, everyone's cars have caught on fire. [Stuff] happens, get over it.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stars_Fan
        Three cars, two in major accidents. Senile much?
      PoMoMangler
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think you mean "You're a moron." And I'm a Tesla fan, too, Tesla Fan; I just don't swing on Musk's nuts.
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