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Why are there not more Elon Musks? Is someone with engineering skill, motivation, clarity of thinking, and execution ability that rare? Is it that rare in the circles of the very wealthy?

Because you missed one thing - caring about something else than your own (and your family's), short-term profit. Musk has all the things you mentioned, but he also has a strong imperative to do something for the betterment of mankind. Not - like 99% of businesses seem to work - how to earn money pretending to care about something valuable. And, sadly, that kind of thinking seems to be rare and discouraged in the society.

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