The richest man in the world has become the Man of the Year after Elun Musk win’s the Time title despite his battles with the ‘haters’.
Musk has been hailed by Time for his aspirations to save the planet, while looking to inhabit a new one.
Edward Felsenthal, Editor in Chief and CEO of Time, tweeted: “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 our 2021 Person of the Year.”
The SpaceX and Tesla founder has gone from being branded a ‘crazy con artist’ on the verge of going broke to one of the most influential people, according to Time.
His exploits in both space and the electric car market have seen him become a leader in both markets, along with his interest in robots, solar, cryptocurrency, climate, artificial intelligence and more.
His brother Kimbal also revealed Musk nearly lost Tesla during the recession in 2008 when it nearly went bankrupt.
He said: “I remember him (Musk) calling me in October and asking me if I had any money. I had no money—everything was gone, except for about $1 million I was saving to survive the recession. I wired it to him to put into Tesla. I told him, If everything goes to hell, at least we’ll be in hell together.”
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Tesla was saved when Musk managed to bring in $8 million to cover his payroll.
Musk’s ambition has seen him influence numerous markets, including Wall Street with Bloomberg columnist Matt Levine saying finance now works on how valuable they are by their proximity to Musk.
Speaking to Time about his wealth, Musk said: “Well, I think there’s like some, you know, sovereigns. I think [Russia’s] President Putin is significantly richer than me. I can’t invade countries and stuff.”
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However, despite his successes, Musk has had a fair few people criticise him and his ambitions.
Speaking to Time, Robert Zubrin, founder of the Mars Society, said: “He is a humanist—not in the sense of being a nice person, because he isn’t.”
Zubrin continued: “He wants eternal glory for doing great deeds, and he is an asset to the human race because he defines a great deed as something that is great for humanity. He is greedy for glory.”
He made the comments after meeting Musk in 2001 when the organisation was sent a large unsolicited cheque by the entrepreneur.
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