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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been named Time Magazine's 2021 Person of the Year.
The magazine has said that the award has been given due to his work in space, electric cars and his plans to take us to Mars, along with his interest in crypto.
TIME's announcement read: "For creating solutions to an existential crisis, for embodying the possibilities and the perils of the age of tech titans, for driving society’s most daring and disruptive transformations, Elon Musk is TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year."
The magazine also wrote: "We don’t yet know how fully Tesla, SpaceX and the ventures Musk has yet to think up will change our lives.
“At 50, he has plenty of time to write the future, his own and ours. Like it or not, we are now in Musk’s world.”
Users were, of course, quick to debate whether it was the right choice.
One wrote: "The richest person in the world. Who, rather than using their $270,000,000,000 to solve pressing real-world problems simply… doesn’t.
"What an outstanding example to us all."
To which, someone responded: "Did you missed the part where he offered 6 billions if someone have a real plan the solve world hunger..."
TIME said that 2021 has been a year that's "brought home the extent to which, at a time of rising protest over ever deepening inequality, our lives and many of the basic structures around them are now shaped by the pursuits, products and priorities of the world’s wealthiest people."
The publication also gave an award for 'Heroes of the Year' to the 'miracle workers' who helped create coronavirus vaccines.
I don't think many can argue with that one.
'Entertainer Of The Year' was awarded to Olivia Rodrigo, whilst 'Athlete Of The Year' was given to US gymnast Simone Biles.
At the time, the magazine's editor-in-chief noted the President-elect and Vice President-elect won the honour for 'changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world'.
Overall, the publication elects one person or group at the end of the year who it believes has been the most newsworthy or noteworthy.
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Topics: Elon Musk
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