The entrepreneur’s 2021 list of achievements includes such notable events as the first mission to orbit with all-civilian crew aboard who spent three days in space and successfully returned on his SpaceX’s Inspiration4 rocket, as well as taking the lead in the so-called “billionaires’ space race” and reaching a $3-billion agreement with NASA on building a lunar lander.
Besides, the businessman’s Tesla has recently joined the 1-trillion-dollar club, becoming the sixth US company to surpass the threshold. It has also unveiled projects to create humanoid robots by next year.
According to Forbes data, Musk’s real-time net worth is estimated to be $265.4 bln surpassing that of his pursuer and space race contester Jeff Bezos by over $65 bln.
In 2020 the trophy named Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Person of the Year.
The magazine has also presented its Heroes of the Year award given to “the Miracle Workers" – med personnel working on vaccines.
Vaccine scientists are TIME's 2021 Heroes of the Year.