Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has changed the automotive landscape ever since its inception, but it’s only because it is lead by a man, who has broken many preconceived notions in the Silicon Valley. Many compare Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s CEO, Elon Musk, to Thomas Edison and the likes because the man has been part of some of the most glorious innovations of the 21st century, from PayPal to SpaceX to Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) to SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY). So, it’s not surprising that Vanity Fair has chosen Musk for the Number one spot in its 2014 The New Establishment list. Vanity Fair Contributor Max Chafkin was recently on Bloomberg to discuss about why Elon Musk was chosen for the number one spot and the other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who made it to the list.
“The big move here for us was Elon Musk, for the past, I don’t know few years, there has been basically four companies in Silicon Valley that kind of really mattered Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google and what we are seeing is that this wildly ambitious, basically start-up guy is suddenly sort of rising above those companies, kind of in the cultural consciousness. I say he is kind of the coolest guy in the Silicon Valley right now, he is the guy that when you ask somebody like Larry Page, who does he most admire, that’s who he says,” Chafkin said.
Chafkin mentioned that after the passing of Steve Jobs, it has been hard for Vanity Fair to figure out where to put Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s head honchos in the list, but now it appears that Tim Cook is coming out of the shadows of Jobs. He highlighted that Tim Cook and Jonathan Ive didn’t move up in the list this year because Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s Elon Musk and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page “looked so strong” this year.
As of June 30, 2014, Daniel Benton’s Andor Capital Management owns over 1.25 million shares of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA).