The magazine’s editors have chosen the billionaire Elon Musk entrepreneur as the person who has had the most influence over the last 12 months.
Elon Musk has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2021.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and the wealthiest person in the world has remained a central figure in news as he and his businesses continue to frame the future of automobiles and space travel.
“He is reshaping life on Earth and possibly life off Earth as well,” Time Editor-In-Chief Edward Felsenthal said during live appearance on TODAY Monday.
In 2021 alone, SpaceX, founded by the South African entrepreneur in 2002, made history in September after completing the first mission to space with an all-civilian crew, which included a childhood cancer survivor.
Beyond participating in what many are calling the “billionaire space race,” Musk’s SpaceX was chosen by NASA in April to build the next generation lunar lander, beating out two other contenders for a $3 billion contract. He also announced that his company Tesla would continue to make advancements in technology by developing a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence next year, dubbed the “Tesla Bot.”
The business magnate is the richest person on the planet according to Forbes with an estimated net worth of $265.4 billion.
“We are in this new gilded age where, like it or not, so much of our lives, even in this moment of incredible inequality, are being shaped by these very wealthy tech leaders,” Felsenthal said on TODAY.
Time’s Person of the Year title, named by the magazine’s editors at the end of each calendar year since its inception in 1927, is not necessarily an award or an honor, but is representative of the influence the person or persons had on the news over the previous year.