Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
Musk, the world’s wealthiest man, was named as the magazine’s choice on Monday.
“He is redefining life on Earth and possibly life beyond Earth,” Time’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said Monday on NBC’s “TODAY” show.
In Time’s coverage of Musk, Felsenthal said, “Person of the Year is a marker of impact, and few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life outside Earth as well.”
“In 2021, Musk has emerged not just as the world’s richest individual, but also as possibly the richest exemplar of a huge transition in our civilization,” he said.
— TIME (@TIME) December 13, 2021
Musk’s spaceflight business made history in September when it successfully launched four passengers into orbit on the first all-civilian crewed journey to space. In April, NASA chose SpaceX as one of the space industries to develop lunar landing technologies capable of transporting people to the moon by 2024.
On Monday, Time honored the researchers who developed the Covid-19 vaccinations as this year’s heroes. The cover picture depicts scientists Katalin Kariko, Barney S. Graham, Kizzmekia Corbett, and Drew Weissman, who “achieved a manifestly essential breakthrough, introducing an innovative and highly effective vaccine platform based on mRNA that will impact our health and well-being far beyond this pandemic,” according to the magazine.
The magazine dished out honors in a variety of categories on Thursday, including athlete of the year Simone Biles and performer of the year Olivia Rodrigo.
For over a century, Time has chosen a Person of the Year. It nominated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for the top spot last year. Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate change activist who was 16 at the time, received the honor in 2019.
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