The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) – Calling him a “clown, genius, edgelord, visionary, industrialist, showman,” Time magazine named Tesla CEO Elon Musk as 2021 Personality of the Year.
Musk, who is also the founder and CEO of space exploration company SpaceX, recently passed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as the richest person in the world as Tesla’s price hike pushed his net worth to about $ 300 billion. He owns about 17% of Tesla’s shares, which sold for almost $ 1,000 each on Monday.
Time cited the extent of Musk’s efforts, from his founding of SpaceX in 2002, to his involvement in founding the alternative energy company SolarCity in addition to Tesla, the world’s most valuable automotive company. The magazine emphasizes that its annual recognition is not an award, but rather a “recognition of the person who had the most influence on the events of the year, for good or for bad”.
The magazine also noted Musk’s influence over an army of followers (and investors) on social media, where he pinches the powerful as well as regulators trying to control a far from traditional cadre. In front of his 66 million Twitter followers, he offers extravagant help to the world and even drives his own followers and investors mad with the turmoil of the markets.