Elon Musk Person of the Year for Time magazine

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The head of the electric car manufacturer Tesla and the space tourism company SpaceX Elon Musk was declared today Monday (13/12) person of the year from the American Time magazine.

Elon Musk, 50, the richest man on the planet with his fortune estimated at 265.4 billion dollars by Forbes magazine, succeeds US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who shared the title last year.

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The South African businessman, who was naturalized as a Canadian citizen after the United States, is certainly not a conventional figure. “As he created solutions to an existential crisis, embodied the possibilities and dangers of the age of the technological titans, because he gave impetus to the most daring and subversive transformations of society, Elon Musk is the Person of the Year 2021,” he said. Edward Felsenthal, editor-in-chief of the magazine.

Musk spent his life defying the haters: “It seems that today he is able to put them in their place,” Time reporters wrote in his portrait, which is dedicated to the billionaire businessman.

The “spectacular” year 2021 for his businesses

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The year 2021 was spectacular for Musk and his business. SpaceX entered into an exclusive contract with Nasa in April to send the first astronauts to the Moon since 1972.

In September, the company sent four space tourists into space, the first orbital mission in history, on which no professional astronauts traveled.

Musk is also talking enthusiastically about his plan to colonize Mars in the coming years.

On the other hand, Tesla, whose stock value exceeded The $ 1,000 billion on Wall Street in October continues to dominate the electric car market.

“Our goal with Tesla has always been to set an example to the automotive industry in the hope that other manufacturers will also build electric vehicles to accelerate the transition to sustainable technologies,” Musk told Time.

The businessman posted a poll on Twitter a few weeks ago, where he has more than 66 million followers, asking them whether or not he should sell 10% of his shares in the company. Most were in favor.

Among other things, Musk managed to star in the news headlines, taking on the role of host on Saturday Night Live on NBC in May, while he often praised some cryptocurrencies, including Dogecoin, with his tweets boosting their value. Time magazine has been awarding the title “Personality of the Year” since 1927.

This year she named singer Olivia Rodrigo “Entertainer of the Year”, American athlete Simon Byles “Athlete of the Year” and vaccine scientists “Heroes of the Year”.

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