Elon Musk is Time’s 2021 Person of the Year

FILE – Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition in Washington on March 9, 2020. After making a promise on Twitter, the Tesla CEO has sold about 900,000 shares of the electric car maker’s stock, netting over $1.1 billion that will go toward paying tax obligations for stock options. The sales, disclosed in two regulatory filings late Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, will cover tax obligations for stock options granted to Musk in September. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Time magazine named CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk as Person of the Year for 2021.

“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 Edward Felsenthal wrote. “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.”

Despite Felsenthal’s confidence in Elon Musk, Time magazine has faced backlash regarding their choice due to Musk’s stance on taxes, unions and the coronavirus pandemic.

Pat Thurston discusses the controversial decision with KGO 810 listeners. Listen below.

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