The reason why I harp on Tesla was that he was one of the few geniuses who truly worked outside the box for the 19th/20th centuries. His problem was that he wasn't born into a Rockefeller or Vanderbilt household and thus, he was limited by what Westinghouse & Morgan would contribute to his projects. Really, that AC work should have made him the world's richest man but instead, for George Westinghouse to get a second round of financing, Tesla had to give up a lot of ownership. Thus, he was an ordinary worker bee with minimal capital accrual.
I think in order for the science to advance, we need naturally born rich geniuses (ala Tony Starks) toiling away in their facilities, without any concern if their work gets published or not. Then, real breakthroughs will occur and many new industries may emerge.