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Named, Monday, personality of the year by the American magazine Time, the whimsical Elon Musk, boss of Tesla and SpaceX and the richest man on the planet, is not unanimous, arousing both admiration and criticism.
He is the richest man on Earth, and invests his fortune in the conquest of space: Monday, December 13, Elon Musk was elected personality of the year by the famous American magazine Time. But the boss of Tesla and SpaceX is also a divisive character.
At the head of a fortune estimated by Forbes at more than 260 billion dollars, the wealth of the billionaire now exceeds the GDP of South Africa, the country where he was born in 1971. Elon Musk will have marked 2021 with his imprint, as much for his entrepreneurial successes as his protrusions on Twitter.
Influencing life on earth and in heaven
“The personality of the year is a marker of influence”, writes in an editorial the boss of Time, Edward Felsenthal. “Few individuals have as much influence as Elon Musk on life on Earth and potentially on life outside of Earth as well.”
With the space exploration company SpaceX, which he founded in 2002, he has had a string of successes, from an exclusive contract signed with NASA to build the American agency’s next moon landing module to the first orbital mission. history with no professional astronauts on board.
“The overall goal is to allow life to develop on several planets and to make humanity a space civilization,” said Elon Musk in the interview with Time.
“The next big goal is to build a self-sustaining city on Mars and bring animals and land creatures there. Kind of like a Noah’s Ark from the future,” added the South African-born, naturalized entrepreneur. Canadian then American.
Tesla, which Elon Musk has led since 2008, also had a strong year, continuing to dominate the coveted electric vehicle market.
On Wall Street, the company joined, in October, the very restricted club of groups worth more than 1,000 billion dollars on the stock market. It delivered more than 240,000 vehicles in the third quarter, a record.
“Our goal with Tesla has always been to set an example for the automotive industry, hoping that other manufacturers will also manufacture electric vehicles in order to accelerate the transition to sustainable technologies,” said Elon Musk.
Tesla’s good stock market health has also benefited the billionaire’s bank account, which recently pledged to sell 10% of its shares in the company after surveying its Twitter followers.
Elon Musk, who has already sold more than 11 million Tesla shares, is expected to use part of the profits from the sale to pay his taxes.
Spikes on Twitter
A great follower of Twitter, where he has more than 66 million subscribers, Elon Musk expresses himself there abundantly, often to share memes and schoolboy jokes, but also to express his opinions or make all kinds of announcements.
“SpaceX is launching a program to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and turn it into rocket fuel,” he wrote on Monday, without bothering with more details.
“His personality is as divisive as his vision,” writes Time’s Edward Felsenthal, noting that Elon Musk “seems to revel in divisions and aggressive taunts via social media.”
The leader does not hesitate to scratch his rivals, in particular his rival Jeff Bezos, reacting to a tweet from the founder of Amazon and Blue Origin with an emoji representing a silver medal.
To Vermont senator and former candidate for the Democratic nomination Bernie Sanders, who suggested taxing the richest more, he recently retorted: “I forget all the time that you are still alive.”
Elon Musk also took to Twitter to praise Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency originally a parody, helping to boost the course.
On bitcoin, on the other hand, he backtracked: after announcing that Tesla would accept payments in the most famous crypto-asset, he returned to his commitment, citing the environmental impact of bitcoin mining (a technique for creating cryptocurrencies) .
Artificial intelligence and neurotechnology are among the leader’s other favorite topics on the tweeting network.
Elon Musk also appeared on the small screen in May, hosting the famous entertainment show “Saturday Night Live” on NBC. He revealed, on this occasion, to have Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism.