Time has named Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk as their Person of the Year for 2021.
The Time Person of the Year is a marker of influence, and Elon Musk certainly hits that definition.
— TIME (@TIME) December 13, 2021
The magazine noted that Musk “emerged not just as the world’s richest person but also as perhaps the riches example of a massive shift in our society”.
The article associated with the cover notes the many highlights of the year for the world’s richest man.
- Tesla stocks hit the $1 trillion mark. Tesla is one of five companies to reach this feat
- SpaceX’s first commercial space flight and continued NASA contracts
- Tesla’s continued push to electrify the world’s automotive industry
The 50-year old CEO is not one to shy away from the limelight. He is very active on Twitter, and his tweets on cryptocurrencies have certainly garnered the attention of many. His tweets on Dogecoin catapulted the meme coin to the fourth-largest cryptocurrency back in May.
Recently, Musk interacted with the Wall Street Journal on various issues. He remarked that one of the most significant risks to civilization is that humans are not having more babies. He also linked climate change to the fertility rate in the US.
Love him or hate him, Musk certainly is a marker of influence that shaped the previous 12 months for better or worse.
You can read Time’s full article here.