Elon Musk has been named Time’s 2021 Person of the Year.
Musk, the richest person on Earth, is the CEO of the aerospace company SpaceX and the electronic car company Tesla.
Time gives the title to the person it sees as having the most influence during the past year. It has described the title as going to “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse.”
“I admire anyone who is making a positive contribution to humanity, whether that is in entertainment or technology,” Musk told Time. “I think anyone who is doing things that are really useful for the rest of humanity, I admire them greatly.”
Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal described Musk as “a person with extraordinary influence on life on Earth, and potentially life off earth too.”
In April, SpaceX won a $2.9 billion contract with NASA to build a moon lander for astronauts, beating out Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. In September, SpaceX launched the first all-civilian crew to orbit the earth.
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