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Time Magazine names Elon Musk 2021 Person of the Year


Elon Musk got a post-breakup glow-up.

The newly single Tesla and SpaceX founder is Time Magazine’s pick for their 2021 Person of the Year.

“Person of the Year is a marker of influence, and few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too,” Time editor-in-chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal said in a statement on Monday.

Earlier this year, Musk, 51, caused a seismic wave on Earth when he announced his split from his musician girlfriend Grimes, after three years of dating. The ex-couple welcomed son, X Æ A-Xii, in May 2020 — a name that dominated headlines and even became a meme.

Musk told Page Six in September that he and the Canadian singer, 33, are “semi-separated” but will remain on good terms to co-parent their son.

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of rocket company SpaceX and Tesla, was named Time's person of the year on December 13, 2021.
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Elon Musk and Grimes split earlier this year.
Elon Musk and Grimes split earlier this year.
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“We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms,” Musk said at the time. “It’s mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas and her work is primarily in LA. She’s staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room.”

But 2021 was all about Musk, namely when the South African-born entrepreneur was deemed as the richest man in the world, with a value estimated to be some $266 billion.

“In 2021, Musk emerged not just as the world’s richest person but also as perhaps the richest example of a massive shift in our society,” Felsenthal added.

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Elon Musk is seen with his son X Æ A-Xii.
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Spacex founder Elon Musk celebrates after the successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the manned Crew Dragon spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center on May 30, 2020.
Spacex founder Elon Musk celebrates after the successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the manned Crew Dragon spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center on May 30, 2020.
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In fact, his big year saw him add more than $100 billion to that fortune and steal the title of world’s wealthiest person from rival Jeff Bezos. When Musk passed Bezos in net worth, the father-of-seven said he’d send the Amazon founder a silver medal.

Amid his breakup, though, Musk has also sworn off many of his possessions and sold most of his mansions. He now lives in Texas — where he’ll save billions on the Lone Star State’s lack of a personal income tax — and he’s also moved Tesla’s corporate headquarters to the state.

“The richest man in the world does not own a house and has recently been selling off his fortune,” the magazine wrote in the profile of the businessman. “He tosses satellites into orbit and harnesses the sun; he drives a car he created that uses no gas and barely needs a driver. With a flick of his finger, the stock market soars or swoons. An army of devotees hangs on his every utterance.”

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches with NASA's Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer on December 9, 2021.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches with NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer on December 9, 2021.
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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule on launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on November 9, 2021.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule on launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on November 9, 2021.
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Aside from winning this prestigious honor from the publication, Musk had quite the year. In April, SpaceX won NASA’s exclusive contract to return US astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972.

Just a month later, the company’s massive Starship rocket, which the billionaire intends to use to send people and cargo to Mars one day, launched and successfully landed for the first time, a major achievement for SpaceX, which wants to make its rockets reusable to lower the cost of space exploration. 

Musk also claimed to “make history” when in May while hosting “Saturday Night Live” when he announced that he has the neurological disorder, Asperger’s.

“I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL, or at least the first to admit it. So I won’t make a lot of eye contact with the cast tonight. But don’t worry, I’m pretty good at running ‘human’ in emulation mode.” Musk said.

Elon Musk speaks at SolarCityÕs Inside Energy Summit in Manhattan, New York on October 2, 2015.
Elon Musk speaks at SolarCityÕs Inside Energy Summit in Manhattan, New York on October 2, 2015.
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Elon Musk is the richest person in the world and the chief executive of both Tesla and SpaceX.
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Musk found himself at the center of another pop culture moment when his ex released a song subtly shading him. Grimes sang in “Player of Games,” released last month, about being in love with the “greatest gamer,” possibly a nod to Musk who is an avid PC gamer.

“I’m in love with the greatest gamer,” she crooned, “but he’ll always love the game more than he loves me.”





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