The Most Fascinating Deals of 2010

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Tesla Goes Public

Electric car maker Tesla roared out of the garage with its initial public offering in June. The long-awaited IPO raised close to $230 million against a backdrop of plunging stock indexes. It was an impressive gain for Tesla and its intrepid founder, Elon Musk, considering the company has never seen a profitable quarter since the firm was founded in 2003. It was also the first IPO by an American car company since Ford Motors went public in 1956.