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BBC dedicates series to Elon Musk, richest man in the world

The American billionaire fascinates as much as it disturbs. His journey, his career and his identity will be deciphered in a BBC production.

He is one of the most enigmatic entrepreneurs of our time. Despite being admired, he built an empire. Founder of Paypal and SpaceX, CEO of Tesla… At 49, Elon Musk became the richest man in the world. His fortune is estimated at 219 billion dollars, and Forbes magazine recalls that he was “the first to cross the 200 billion mark.” Passionate about space and technology, the South African billionaire has repeatedly made people talk about himself with his sense of excess, his megalomania and his polemics. Whether in the United States or in France, this phenomenon is not to be missed. We see him everywhere: in the press, on the Internet, on television… He recently panicked on social media after buying Twitter for $44 billion. Today its influence is such that it can change our behavior and our vision of the world.

Series narrated by his relatives

The billionaire appears as a visionary, and his story is fascinating. So much so that channels and platforms want to own it. On May 7, Netflix aired the documentary Elon Musk: Real Life Iron Man, which chronicles his journey and his groundbreaking ideas about technology, artificial intelligence, and space travel. The BBC is interested in the same subject, but promises a more intimate series. Titled The Elon Musk Show, it tells the story of “one of the most mysterious and intriguing people in the world,” as network editor Simon Young describes it.

Through archival images, we will dive with him into his conquest of Silicon Valley and follow his career from its beginnings to its meteoric rise. His friends, his family, his partners and his relatives will testify to paint the portrait of the billionaire. The series will be broadcast in three parts, but the release date has not yet been announced.

Uber, Facebook, McDonald’s: The biopic trend

Audiences love success stories. The Wolf of Wall Street, The Founder, The Toys That Made Us… Biopics of revolutionary businessmen are piling up and enjoying great success. In 2010, David Fincher took over the creation of Facebook. On The Social Network, he drew an unpublished portrait of Mark Zuckerberg, and we found a greedy and asocial character. Last December, Showtime announced the development of a new anthology series focusing on the world’s most famous entrepreneurs.

The platform intends to broadcast a series of biopics that reveal behind the scenes of major inventions that have changed our daily lives. From the creators of Billions, the first season of Super Pumped will focus on the founder of Uber (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt). In particular, they will tell us about the secrets behind the creation of the app and the tensions between the founding members.

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