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The Real Life Inspirations for Tony Stark

Updated June 14, 2019 855 votes 218 voters 17.6k views6 items

List RulesVote up the closest real-life parallels to Tony Stark

Tony Stark. Billionaire. Playboy. Philanthropist. The guy casts quite the shadow. An "ordinary" genius with an infinite payroll is impressive enough, but this guy keeps up with gods, super-soldiers, and a Hulk!

So where does this persona come from? What shaped the concept of Tony Stark? Where and who did Stan Lee and all the creators draw their inspiration from?

These are the titans of their industry who inspired the man, the myth, the legend that is Tony Stark. Vote up the men who you think are the closest inspirations for Tony Stark, in both the comics and the movies.