by Michael dEstries
Categories: Film/TV
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matt damon, tesla

Wall Street has been hungry for a bright spot amid the financial doom and gloom — and surprisingly, they found it yesterday with Tesla Motor’s IPO. Investors took a joy ride with shares in the electric carmaker closing up more than 40 percent in its first day of trading.

It marked the first initial public offering by an American automaker since Ford’s debut in 1956. When the final bell hit, the company’s worth topped out around $2.22 billion (ahem, on paper).

I thought it might be a good time to recap the celebrities that have been associated with the Tesla Roadster — something we’ve covered here on the ‘razz for several years. Most on this list either have a car themselves or have been linked to the brand. Check it out after the jump.

Larry Page, Google founder
Sergey Brin, Google founder
Michael Dell, Dell computers founder
Chris Paine, writer and director, “Who Killed the Electric Car”
Dean Devlin, producer, “Who Killed the Electric Car”
Scott Burns, producer, “An Inconvenient Truth”
Arnold Schwarzenegger / Maria Shriver, Actor/politician & his wife
Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor
Nicholas Pritzker, Hyatt hotel CEO
Eric Stang, Reliant CEO
Brian Halla, CEO of National Semiconductor
George Clooney Actor, Director
Brad Pitt, Actor
Matt Damon, Actor
Dennis Haysbert, TV Actor, 24 and The Unit
Will.I.Am, Singer
Michael “Flea” Balzary, Bassist, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Miley Cyrus, Singer/Actress
Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor
Cameron Diaz, Actress

Know of anyone we missed? Let us know in the comments!

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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