Billionaire industrialist and philanthropist Tony Stark is perhaps the most influential superpowered individual in the planet. Professor X has the respect of the Earth's mutant community, Stark's work as Iron Man, his long term membership of the Avengers, and position as head of Stark International arguably gives him even wider authority.
The son of a wealthy industrialist, Tony Stark's parents died in a car crash when he was young, leaving him their business conglomerate, Stark Industries. Taking over the company when he was 21, in retrospect some of Tony's early business decisions were ethically circumspect. An engineering prodigy, many of Tony's early inventions were designed for use by the US military and it was his dealings with the army that ultimately led him to create his Iron Man armor.