Time magazine chose this Monday the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, “the richest man in the world”, as the most influential person of 2021.
The publication highlights Musk, more beyond his fortune -which he estimates at more than 250,000 million dollars-, his aeronautical company with which he “puts satellites in orbit” and his electric vehicles, in addition to his ability to make the shares of the New York Stock Exchange rise or come down for a simple comment from him, usually via Twitter.
“With a flick of his finger, the stock market skyrockets or swoons. An army of devotees is watching his every word,” the magazine wrote.
Time describes him as an unparalleled person, “the man who aspires to save our planet and get us another new uninhabited one”, but also as a clown and a genius, as a businessman and a showman, as a provocateur.
The magazine emphasizes that 2021 has been Musk’s year, as in April his company SpaceX won an exclusive contract with the US space agency NASA to return US astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972.
In May, presented the famous American television program “Saturday Night Live” and in October, the rental company Hertz vehicles announced it planned to buy 100 vehicles Tesla to add to its fleet.
His last great and controversial intervention on social networks dates back to this November when he decided to sell 10% of his shares in the Tesla company, after conducting a survey among his followers on Twitter, which sparked reactions of all kinds and caused that the shares of your company will fall by 6%.
Among other seismic movements caused by his tweets this year, the revaluation of the dogecoin cryptocurrency stands out, which soared after Musk wrote a couple of messages about this coin that was born in 2013 as a joke.
“Just a few years ago, Musk was continually teased and treated like a mad con artist on the brink of bankruptcy.
Now this shy South African with Asperger’s syndrome, who escaped a brutal childhood and overcame a personal tragedy, submits to the Governments and industry to the force of their ambition, “writes Time in the article that accompanies the designation of the billionaire as the” Person of the year. “
The publication, which has been designating the person of the year for almost 100 years based on the influence that has exerted for better or for worse during the current year, ironically highlights “that few people have had more influence than Musk in life in Earth and potentially life outside Earth as well. “
Last year, the newly elected president of the United States, Joe Biden, and his vice president, Kamala Harris, were chosen by Time as the person of the year, who can designate both individuals and groups of people.
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