Source: Daily Mail
Elon Musk has been named Time magazine's 2021 Person of the Year.
The world's richest man was bestowed the annual honor after a year of selling off his possessions, launching rockets into space, inventing new driverless cars, sharing his Asperger's diagnosis while hosting Saturday Night Live and influencing the stock market with his tweets among many other headlines he's made this year.
As of Monday, Musk, 50, has a net worth of $265.4 billion.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO made history several times this year including SpaceX's September launch of the first all-civilian crew into space. The aerospace company also won a $3 billion contract with NASA- sparking a feud with fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos.
Tesla announced their plans to create a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence in 2022 and penned a deal with Hertz and Uber to make 100,000 Tesla's available to rent.
This year, Musk began endorsing bitcoin and influencing its price in the stock market while pushing into the mainstream.
Musk began dating Grimes in 2018, confirming their relationship on the MET Gala red carpet. The couple welcomed their first child, and Musk's seventh, in May 2020.
But in September the couple announced that they are 'semi-separated' with Grimes staying in Los Angeles as Musk moved his personal and company headquarters to Texas.
One of the reasons Musk moved to the Lone Stare state appeared to be his disapproval of California's strict COVID mandates. While confirming that he and his eligible children are vaccinated, Musk has downplayed the seriousness of the deadly virus and broken regulations to keep his plants open throughout the pandemic.
He believes in vaccines saying 'the science is unequivocal' but does not approve of vaccine mandates.
'You are taking a risk, but people do risky things all the time,' speaking of the unvaccinated but he still believes that being vaccinated should be a personal choice.
'I believe we've got to watch out for the erosion of freedom in America,' he said.